About

WHAT IS ReCAST MECKLENBURG?

ReCAST Mecklenburg (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma) is a 5-year grant awarded to Mecklenburg County Public Health Department by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

ReCAST facilitates community-based approaches that improve trauma-informed care and resilience for systems, organizations and communities in the priority health area. The award is $5 million over the grant period.

Learn more about the ReCAST project from SAMHSA here. Please click here to access the approved ReCAST grant.

Gibbie Harris, former Director of the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, served as the original Principal Investigator of the ReCAST grant. In addition to her work as a trailblazer for trauma-informed care, Gibbie oversaw a number of achievements during her tenure. Gibbie retried from the Public Health Department in December of 2021. 

WHO NEEDS TO BE AT THE TABLE TO MOVE THIS WORK FORWARD?

Youth
and Families

Local Government

Healthcare

Faith-Based Organizations

Media

Community-based Organizations

Community Advocates

Justice

Education

Private Business

Non-Profits

Law Enforcement

HOW IS ReCAST MECKLENBURG IMPLEMENTED?

Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Trainings

Trainings equip participants with awareness, tools, and resources to support resiliency and trauma-informed care in the workplace, community, and personal life.

Approved Vendors:

  • Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    National Council for Mental Wellbeing (formerly National Council for Behavioral Health)
    Resources for Resilience™
  • Mental Health America of Central Carolinas

Trauma-Informed Learning Community

The Trauma-Informed Learning Community provides community organizations an opportunity to join a growing coalition of advocates for trauma-informed leadership. This year-long commitment includes personalized mentorship, leadership tools, and resources to support organizational change. 

Approved Vendor:

  • Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    National Council for Mental Wellbeing (formerly National Council for Behavioral Health)

Faith Healing Hubs Pilot

Faith Healing Hubs demonstrate a holistic approach to behavioral health and increase non-traditional entryways into services for youth and families.

Approved Vendors:

  • Camino Church, Inc.
  • Clinton Chapel Ministries, Inc.
  • Iglesia Cristiana Puerto Nuevo
  • New Beginnings Community Counseling Center

Youth Violence Prevention Pilot

Youth Violence Prevention Pilot supports youth-serving organizations to implement the CDC VetoViolence model into their daily work and advance community-led violence prevention strategies.

Approved Vendors:

  • Iglesia Cristiana Puerto Nuevo
  • Christ Centered Community Counseling (C4)
  • Help Adolescents Speak Out
  • HEAL Charlotte

Local Evaluation

Data collection is necessary for understanding community needs and how meaningful change is taking place. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is the approved vendor for the official program evaluation for ReCAST Mecklenburg. Their role is to collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of trainings and programs.

Evaluation Team:

  • Shanti Kulkarni, PhD – Lead Evaluator
  • Marie B. White, MSW, LCSW
  • Tianca Crocker, PhD, MSW

Assessments and Reports

Approved ReCAST Grant

Behavioral Health Disparities Impact Statement

Community Needs and Resource Assessment 

Community Strategic Plan

Local Evaluation Plan

Annual Report – Year 1

Annual Report – Year 2

Annual Report – Year 3

The ReCAST Team facilitates the daily work of the grant.

Email

ReCASTMecklenburg@mecknc.gov

Phone Number

980-280-7190

Address

618 N College St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Staff

Dr. Raynard Washington – Public Health Director, Principal Investigator

Dr. Tamikia Greene – Assistant Health Director, Case Management & Health Partnerships

Andrea Quick – Senior Heath Program Manager, Program Director

Mykaela Johnson – Senior Administrative Support Assistant, Project Assistant