Swan song, sour notes

Lynne Bonner at the N&O does a decent job today chronicling the decline and fall of community mental health under the "leadership" of Carmen Hooker Odom and Mike Easley.

Easley responded to calls for her ouster with public statements of support. He and Hooker Odom emphasized Friday that she has had plans for months to leave for the health-care policy foundation, where she has served as a member of the board.

"Secretary Odom told me in January that she had this extraordinary opportunity to have a nationwide, even global, impact on critical health policies," Easley said in a statement. "I wish her all the best in her new endeavor and I appreciate her effective leadership and hard work during the past six years as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. She has handled one of the most challenging jobs in the state with great skill and compassion for all those the department touches."

So Mr. Mike knew Carmen was leaving back in January. Which means Mr. Mike knew Madame Secretary already had one foot out the door while a completely mismanaged meltdown of community mental health was going on in North Carolina.

Maybe we should all go pro

This week's Exile on Jones Street column,fresh from the actual, printed pages of The Carrboro Citizen.

Maybe we should all go pro.

When it comes to sports, this is that time of year I most dislike. This is when those thin walls that separate college and professional athletics come down and we start seeing dollar figures instead of majors and year in school in the descriptive clauses of individuals who’ve played loyally for our chosen schools.

Hooker Odom is leaving

Under the Dome has the story:

Carmen Hooker Odom is leaving the state Department of Health and Human Services.

press release

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom today announced that she will become President of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The Fund is a New-York based foundation that conducts non-partisan analysis, study and research on significant issues in health policy.


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