Access the Vote – an Initiative of Disability Rights NC

February 10, 2020

Access the Vote NC North Carolina’s primary election is March 3, 2020! North Carolina will soon be voting in the primary election, where candidates compete against other candidates in their own political party. The primary election is the first step in winning an election. The candidate that wins the primary election will compete in the…


Integrating Voices of System Users and Families Key to Successful System Transformation

February 4, 2020

Report on Pinehurst Conference Consumer Caucus by Sarah Potter and Laurie Coker Close to twenty consumers, family members, and some staff from the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services employees participated in  the annual Consumer Caucus hosted at the December 2019 i2i Conference in Pinehurst.  Lively conversation focused on…

Medicaid Transformation

Embedding State-Funded BH/IDD Services into Tailored Plans and More

The concept paper on State-funded BH/IDD services lays out a plan of action to create a more statewide, standardized approach to State funding. The paper indicates the State’s intent to move to a centralized decision-making process for eligibility, as reflected in the emphasis on the statewide structure described below. In addition to state funded services,…

Medicaid Transformation

Care Management: A Core Function in the BH/IDD Tailored Plan

NEWS UPDATE 2/11/20 Since the publication of the article below on the BH/IDD Tailored Plan Care Management application process NC DHHS has announced an extension before they begin the application process.  Originally they were to begin the first round of applications for Advanced Medical Home Plus practices and Care Management Agencies in February 2020.  That…

Medicaid Transformation

NC DHHS Expands on their Value-Based Payment (VBP) Strategy and Introduces the Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Model

The recently published concept paper, “North Carolina’s VBP Strategy for Standard Plans and Providers in Medicaid Managed Care” provides a lot of detail on strategies NC DHHS will employ to support the expanding use of value-based payment (VBP).  While their support strategies are optional, the paper also details the State’s contractual expectations for Prepaid Health…

Medicaid Transformation

NC Design for State Funded Services under the Tailored Plan

January 14, 2020

While the implementation of managed care has been suspended as legislative action is needed to move forward, the Department continues to work on the design of Tailored Plans to serve individuals with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities in lieu of Standard Plans. In addition to managing Medicaid services, Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans also will be…