News Brief


2020 Census Impact on NC Public Health and Human Services

March 13, 2020

North Carolinians are receiving requests to complete their 2020 Census forms.  By completing and submitting your census information, you could help increase the State’s funding through Medicaid, block grants and other federal programs.  The 2020 Census data is used in a myriad of ways to make decisions in national healthcare funding and structure for many…


Growing Consumer-Operated Service Programs in North Carolina

March 12, 2020

The NC Division of MH/IDD/SAS has published a Request for Application for a Consumer-Operated Service Provider (COSP) to incubate two Peer Run Wellness Centers.  This would be done using federal Mental Health Block Grant funding.  A COSP is considered an evidence-based practice by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA).  A COSP is…


Legislative Report Does Not Require Regionalization of DSS Offices

February 8, 2020

In 2017, the General Assembly passed Session Law 2017-41, legislation to address ways to strengthen and restructure the social service and child welfare system in North Carolina, to that end, the Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) was created to make recommendations for NC DHHS and the General Assembly on delivering optimal…

Medicaid Transformation

Data Strategy for BH/IDD Tailored Plan Care Management

November 11, 2019

The ability to share data is one of the most important capacities that the State, payers and providers must demonstrate to thrive in the future.  To take it a little further, some would say that the care manager is at the hub of data sharing.  The care manager is responsible for assessing, monitoring and coordinating…


Legislated Funding Initiatives Impacting Care in NC

On October 31st, both the House and Senate adjourned with the intention of coming back into session on November 13th to consider select issues.  The biggest impact of their adjournment is that the SFY19-20 and SFY20-21 State budgets remain in limbo.  Over 130 days have passed since the new fiscal year began on July 1,…


House Overrides Budget Veto, Senate to Consider Override

September 16, 2019

The NC House overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of the budget on September 11th with a final 55-15 vote.  There are a total of 123 House members, but it only takes three-fifths majority of those present in the chamber to override a veto.  53 members did not vote at all.  Now the bill veto will go…

Medicaid Transformation

Community Support Team Service Changes Lead to Whole Person Care

Community Support Team is both a Medicaid and State-funded service definition that offers adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders a structured team approach to increase and restore the individual’s ability to live successfully in the community.  The service definition is undergoing a rework that will fold in parts of another service definition, Transition…