UNC PAWS, a dog-training therapy program that helps clients with mental health disorders, might be suspended unless their fundraising campaign is successful.
John Gilmore, a UNC School of Medicine professor, said that PAWS had been funded by grants and donations that can't cover the program's expenses anymore.
“PAWS is part of the (Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health's) larger philosophy of care — that people with serious mental illness need a continuum of care to recover from their illness — that includes more traditional, office-based psychiatrist and therapy visits, medications, community-based services, such as Assertive Community Treatment teams,” Gilmore stated. “PAWS and our other recovery programs help people with serious mental illness rebuild their lives, do something meaningful and become part of the larger community again."
“Many volunteers and community members are stepping up to assist the program by engaging in a fundraising campaign, and we are very hopeful that with student and community support, the program will continue,”