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Mental Disorder

Mental-health reform has been a bust for North Carolina taxpayers and patients. Millions of dollars have been wasted and services have suffered.

Credits:
Footage: Travis Long
Interviews: Juli Leonard, Travis Long and Michael Biesecker
Still photography: Juli Leonard
Editing: Travis Long and Juli Leonard
Music: “Prelude” The Flashbulb, licensed by Vapor.

Update – April 5, 2008: Governor Easley responds to N&O investigation, fires public information officer.

Governor Mike Easley’s administration fired Debbie Crane, the state official who handled News & Observer reporters’ requests for public information as they worked on a series about the state’s mental health system reform. Watch an interview with Crane and excerpts from Gov. Mike Easley’s press conference in response to the paper’s investigation into mental health reform.

Credits:
Footage: Travis Long, Scott Sharpe
Editing: Travis Long

Update - April 5, 2008: PIO alleges Gov. advised staff too delete public record emails.

Debbie Crane, the former N.C. Department of Health and Human Service’s public affairs director who was fired in March 2008, alleges that Gov. Mike Easley’s press office has a policy to delete email correspondence to his office. Her contention, if true, shows a violation of the state’s public records law.

Credits:
Footage: Travis Long, Scott Sharpe
Editing: Travis Long

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