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Bar Luncheon – October 2021

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Date(s) - 10/13/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Join us online for the October Bar meeting, with an option of earning an hour of free CLE.

Our program will attempt to answer the question: “Exactly how is an attorney supposed to know when to refer a client for mental health treatment? And what resources are available locally that will meet these needs?” This one-hour virtual CLE program provides an overview of resources for attorneys with clients who may need to access mental health and substance use treatment. Speakers include behavioral health professionals from both public and private sectors and a District Court Judge who manages one of the county’s four treatment courts. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to access many different types of mental health services, from long term residential services for substance use disorder to short-term outpatient behavioral therapy.

Click here to register for this meeting and CLE.

Our presenters include the following:

Ron Harrison is a certified Qualified Mental Health Professional with 13 years of experience in working with individuals experiencing mental health and co-occurring substance use struggles, homelessness and episodes of incarceration.  Ron currently works as the RHA Program Manager of Diversion and Reentry Services. Ron facilitates the Familiar Faces Staffing at the Buncombe County Detention Facility. Ron also is the Board Vice-Chair for Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness.

Judge Julie Kepple was elected in 2010 to serve our community as a 28th Judicial District Court Judge. She has presided over matters involving Family and Juvenile law, Abuse, Neglect, Dependency and Capacity proceedings, Traffic, Misdemeanor and Felony matters, Civil and Domestic Violence proceedings, as well as Small Claims appeals. In 2013, Judge Kepple established and continues to preside over Buncombe County’s first DWI Sobriety court.

Judge Kepple sits on various county and community boards.  In 2013, Judge Kepple was awarded the “Blue Ribbon Award” for her “extraordinary contribution to child abuse awareness and prevention” and in 2017 she was named “Judicial Partner of the year” by the Governor’s Highway Safety program for her contributions in the field of DWI prevention and reduction in recidivism.

Kenny Enclade is a certified substance use and alcohol counselor with the North Carolina Additions Specialist Professional Practice Board. He has over 15 years’ experience working with the indigent and criminal justice involved population in both the outpatient and residential setting. For the past 4 years he has serviced as the substance abuse case manager at BCDF coordinating the substance use diversion (SUD) program, providing treatment planning, psychoeducational, and short-term counseling support.

Kendra Queen is a native of Western North Carolina and is the Diversion Services Supervisor at the Justice Resource Center.

Colleen Barcus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with RHA Health Services for seven years including overseeing the Behavioral Health Urgent Care (now crisis center) since inception. Colleen is currently the Director of the Peer Living Room, Neil Dobbins Center in addition to the Crisis Center.

Derrick Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who has worked with mental health, substance use, and homelessness issues for over 30 years. Settings include Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Skills Training, Residential, Street Outreach, and Shelter work, and he is currently the Program Manager for FPS Adult Enhanced Services, Site Coordinator for FPS Healthy Transitions grant program, Board Chair for Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, and Board Member with the ANCHOR program and the Haywood Street Respite.

Kim Skelton holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling (2005) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she grew up. Kim has experience working in a myriad of settings: universities; community mental health centers; school-based mental health; and a domestic violence shelter. She and Ilona Csapo, MD founded Willow Wellness and Recovery in 2013 and joined with other like-minded colleagues to create Widening Circles in 2017.

This seminar is pending approval for one hour of mental health credit from the NC State Bar Board of CLE.