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ARC of NC leader going to state government post

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A longtime advocate for people with mental disabilities in North Carolina is joining state government as the director of the agency that oversees services for them and others with mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse problems.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that Dave Richard will head the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services starting next week.

Richard has been executive director of The ARC (ark) of North Carolina since 1989. He previous served in similar ARC positions in Louisiana and Delaware.

Richard succeeds acting director Jim Jarrard.

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