Laube Named “Champion” by Regional Mental Health Organization

October 25, 2016

Jessica Laube, a licensed clinical social worker at Central Carolina Hospital, has been named the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Champion of the Year by the Lee, Harnett and Cumberland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

CIT Training is a joint effort between Sandhills Center, law enforcement, local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapters, service providers and beyond. Laube coordinates on behalf of the hospital as a member of Lee County’s Crisis Intervention Team. The team's functions include role plays based on potential situations, creation of informational materials, and more.

“We all come together and collaborate to plan crisis intervention and discuss how we can better serve those in need with any type of mental health concern,” Laube said.

Laube learned of the award at a ceremony on Oct. 6, held in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

“I was at the ceremony and I looked at the program and saw my name. I thought 'oh my goodness,'” she said. “It could have been anyone on our committee. It feels wonderful to be recognized, of course, but at the same time, it's not why any of us do this.”

Laube said when it comes to CIT training, North Carolina is somewhat unique in its efforts to train the majority of law enforcement jurisdictions since only 15 to 20 percent of of law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide are CIT trained. She works with officers from several local departments, including the Sanford Police Department, Lee county Sheriff’s Office, and the Broadway Police Department.

“It’s a really positive thing that’s going on in our community. That’s not always the case in other places,” she said, explaining that CIT training is rigorous and involves role playing. “We do role plays based on real scenarios, and so you kind of get to see all different perspectives. We really commit to our roles so that everybody gets to see everything, but in a safe environment. It opens up some really good discussions.”

Laube has been a social worker for six years, and has been at CCH for three. As behavioral health care coordinator, she helps patients with mental health and substance abuse concerns navigate CCH and link them to appropriate resources based on their needs.

“We couldn't be more proud of Jessica and her advocacy efforts on behalf of people dealing with mental illness,” said Central Carolina Hospital CEO John Maxwell. “This award is an indicator that her dedication goes far beyond her role as our behavioral health care coordinator. CCH is lucky to have professionals like Jessica, who are committed to making our community healthier.”

NAMI Cumberland, Harnett and Lee (CHL) is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

About Central Carolina Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Lifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.