The Arc of North Carolina Honors Rep. William Brisson with Legislator Leadership Award.

Press Release:  Friday, August 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Julia Adams, Assistant Director of Government Relations
The Arc of North Carolina
Cell: 919-830-5457   Fax: 919-782-4634
jadams@arcnc.org

Rep Brisson receives award On Saturday August 21, 2010 The Arc of North Carolina presented Representative William Brisson its Legislative Leadership Award at its annual conference in Wilmington North Carolina.

The Arc of North Carolina honored Representative Brisson for his support of key legislative and budget items which affected the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Facing a significant deficit in the budget, Rep. Brisson advocated against drastic cuts to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, and was a key supporter of restoring a 40 million dollar cut to the local Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse system.

Representative Brisson was a key supporter of The Arc and numerous other organizations’ effort to design specific management systems to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. His leadership in creating compromise language slowing the expansion of a Managed Care system allowing the legislature to study the impact of such a system, earned universal praise from advocates for people with developmental disabilities.

In addition to his work on critical budget issues, Rep. Brisson co-sponsored a series of bills that address the need to improve access and training in the field of special needs dentistry and supported key bills concerning education for children with disabilities.

In presenting the award to Representative Brisson Julia Adams, The Arc’s Assistant Director of Governmental Relations noted his commitment to finding solutions to complex issues for people across the state. Tracy Warren, President of The Arc’s volunteer Board of Directors stated it is so important that legislators like Representative Brisson continue to provide legislative leadership in these difficult times.

In receiving the reward, Representative Brisson thanked The Arc and its members for the important advocacy and service work it does throughout the state and pledged to continue working with legislators and advocacy organizations to craft the best legislative solutions for people with disabilities.

The Arc of North Carolina is an advocacy and service organization dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of North Carolina’s annual conference brought together over 200 family members, people with disabilities, professionals in the field, and other interested citizens to learn together about innovations in supporting people with developmental disabilities.