Why we exist.


The mission of the Onslow Community Collaborative shall be to act as a forum for collaboration, advocacy, and action among families, agencies serving children, youth and families, and community partners from Onslow County.


The Vision is to promote sharing of resources, accessibility, and accountability across communities by ensuring that children, youth, and families are healthy, safe and successful at home, in school, and in their communities.

The Chairs.

As per our bylaws that were adopted January of 2017, the Onslow Community Collaborative has two co-chairs of which are elected by the Collaborative membership and serve a two-year term.

The co-chairs are responsible for organizing and leading any meeting related to the Onslow Community Collaborative, and serve as a point-of-contact with community stakeholders and Trillium Health Resource’s System of Care Coordinators.

The next election for officer positions will be December 3rd, 2018.

Ashley Coakley

UCP EasterSeals

Children & Families

Ashley Coakley

Representing: EasterSeals, children, and families.

Ashley has been a long-standing member of the Collaborative and helped reform and grow the OCC.

Working as a care coordinator for therapeutic foster programs, Ashley brings a unique perspective of challenges within the MH/SU/IDD community to the Collaborative leadership.

Dan Whitten

Community Advocate

Self & Families

Dan Whitten

Representing: Self and families.

Dan has been a long-standing member of the Collaborative and helped reform and grow the OCC.

As a growing community organizer, Dan also works with juvenile justice, reentry, and public policy. Dan’s education and experience brings unique perspectives to the Collaborative leadership.

System of Care.

The Collaborative strives to follow System of Care principles and values as follows:

  • The Collaborative empowers children, youth, and families to have an active voice in their care.
  • The Collaborative is a collective voice for advocacy.
  • The Collaborative values culturally competent treatment.
  • The Collaborative works to improve geographic access to treatment and eliminate barriers.
  • The Collaborative works to promote efficient and cost effective use of community resources.
  • The Collaborative strives to improve effective communication between families, community agencies, and stakeholders.
  • The Collaborative actively focuses on and implements community solutions.

It Takes a Village.

All stakeholders are welcome.
The Collaborative especially encourages participation from the following:

  • Certified Family Partners
  • Parents/Guardians/Family Member
  • Youth
  • System of Care Coordinators
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Substance Use Providers
  • Intellectually or Developmentally Disabled Providers
  • Prevention/Early Intervention Service Providers
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Public Safety – Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Local Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Office of the Courts
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Member of Faith Community
  • Nonprofit Agency
  • Police Department
  • Sheriff Department
  • Health Department
  • Pediatricians
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Elected Officials
  • City/County Management

Join Us!

Monthly; Every first Monday

9-10:30 am