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for Popular Government Vol. 31 Issue 7, May 1965
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The General Assembly consolidated several capacities of the Department of Public Health and Welfare in 1963 to form the Department of Mental Health. Under the leadership of Dr. Eugene Hargrove, three divisions run by a Deputy Commissioner were created; the Division of Mental Retardation, the Division of Mental hospitals, and the Division of Community Mental Health Services. Through these divisions specific programs focused on research, alcohol rehabilitation, and mentally disabled children.
In 1963, the General Assembly rewrote school attendance law which made attendance counselors compulsory and to direct state funds to the hiring of such counselors. These counselors were tasked with overseeing cases of delinquency and truancy in students under the age of sixteen. Based on specifics of certain cases, the author analyzes a counselor's option and the level of involvement by the juvenile court.
The North Carolina Film Board was formed in 1962 under the supervision of Governor Terry Sanford. In the first three years, the board was responsible for twenty documentary projects depicting the state's history. Despite this success, state funding was due to be renewed in 1965 and the author presents pros and cons for continuing the Film Board.