Released by: Major Jason Wank, Chief Detective
August 28, 2015
BEAUFORT, NC (08/28/15) – The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is announcing that Sheriff Asa Buck has been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use. From Governor’s Office press release—-The task force comprises experts from the justice system and related private sector professionals, the healthcare provider community, county leadership, non-governmental entities and private sector employers. The task force brings together the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and key stakeholders to make recommendations that will improve the lives of citizens with mental illness and substance use disorders. The purpose of the task force is to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help before their situation becomes a crisis – and they end up in an emergency department or jail. Appropriate treatment and early intervention can result in significant benefits for individuals, families, communities and taxpayers. Sheriff Asa Buck said “I am honored to be appointed to this task force and look forward to working with my colleagues to identify ways we can better serve our citizens and help people with addiction and those who suffer with mental health issues.” In addition to offering my insight from my position and my experiences I am also seeking information in order to learn and share experiences and knowledge with the task force. I have established an email address I would like for Carteret County citizens to contact me if they wish to provide information or suggestions they feel would be useful in helping me with this challenge. I want to hear from our citizens what they feel is helpful and working and I want to hear what their frustrations have been seeking help; what roadblocks have they encountered; from their perspective what needs improvement.” The email address to submit information to Sheriff Buck regarding mental health and substance abuse is SheriffMHSA@carteretcountync.gov.
Governor’s Press Release