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North Carolina Families United

795 Boone Station Drive

Burlington NC 27215

Phone: (336) 395-8828

Fax: (336) 395-8830

North Carolina Families United, NFFCMH, Inc. was founded in 2000 as a 501C3

Gail M. Cormier

Executive Director

Stacy Justiss

Associate Director

Debbie Kanzig

Business Manager  

Renee Cordero

Office Administration/Data Collection

Lacy Flintall Jr.

Youth Transition Director

Kyle Reece

Youth Coordinator



Cardinal Innovations

Frederick Douglas, CPSP, Family Partner Coordinator, Winston Salem

Chandrika Brown, CPSP, Family Partner Coordinator, Burlington

Barbara Young, CPSP


System of Care Expansion Project

Wanda Douglas, CPSP, Family Partner Coordinator, Charlotte

Frederick Douglas, CPSP, Family Partner Coordinator, Winston Salem



Sandhills Center Family Support & Community Collaboration Programs

Adrian Standish, NCFU Family Advocate for Lee and Harnett Counties

Shirlyn Smith, NCFU Family Advocate for Moore and Hoke Counties

Suzanne Maness, NCFU Family Advocate for Anson and Richmond Counties

Brenda Goss, NCFU Family Advocate for Randolph and Montgomery Counties

LaMonica Mitchell, NCFU Family Advocate for Guilford County



Sonia Hopkins, NCFU Family Partner Coordinator

Serving Bladen, Robeson, Scotland, Green, Lenoir, Wayne, Sampson, Duplin, Edgecomb and Wilson Counties.

History of North Carolina Families United

Like most family – run organizations, North Carolina Families United was created around a kitchen table by dedicated parents eager and frustrated to create policy change in schools, medical practices and their communities that would not only help their children but those that were to come that struggle from emotional and behavioral issues. One of the goals of the system of care grants that came into the state was to support and build family run organizations. The first SOC grant called Pen Pal born one of the leaders of these first organizations (Sandra Spencer), who eventually became and currently heads the powerful national Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The second round of SOC grants that NC received was the NC FACES grant. This furthered the cause of those parents around that kitchen table and funded the little start organization called NC Families United. One of those parents at that table that first night, (Pat Solomon) became the first director of NC Families United. Pat went on to promote and build the fledgling organization by co-chairing many policy changing committees like the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families an organization consisting of representatives from the Division, the Department of Public Instruction, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Department of Health and other public child-serving agencies, Local Management Entities, multiple provider organizations and community agencies that has had some influence on policies formulated and decision made on children’s health and well-being. Still another parent around that table was (Libby Jones) who is not only a co-founder, but past board chair and currently an employee of NC Families United as well as a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on effective partnering with families. (read more…)

This website is made possible from support of the North Carolina Community Mental Health Block grant funding/SAMHSA.

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