Legislative Report Does Not Require Regionalization of DSS Offices

March 19, 2019

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…


Legislature Heats Up

March 18, 2019

The long session of the General Assembly is in the thick of its work at this point.  Appropriations subcommittees are meeting multiple times a week, the Governor’s proposal has started the budget process, and other committees are moving bills along.  Here’s a quick look at some of the bills that the General Assembly is currently…


Children’s Council Focuses on Collaboration

The Children’s Council meeting on March 15th included discussion that emphasized the need to strengthen formal processes and information sharing across health and human services as it applies to children involved with local departments of social services, LME/MCOs, schools and juvenile justice.  The Children’s Council is formally known as the Child Well-Being Transformation Council.  This…


Governor Proposes Medicaid Expansion

March 12, 2019

The i2i Center is closely tracking legislative areas that will impact behavioral health, I-DD, and progress towards integrated health.  The Governor has unveiled his budget proposal for the biennium of State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-2020 and SFY2020-2021.  This signals the formal beginning of the budget process.  It will be up to legislators as to how…


Healthy Opportunities Pilots to Further Whole Person Care

February 28, 2019

As a part of the Medicaid 1115 waiver application, NC DHHS submitted a “Healthy Opportunities” pilot. The pilot was approved along with the Medicaid 1115 waiver. This pilot brings an exciting prospect for achieving an important aspect of whole person care because it allows for Medicaid/Health Choice reimbursement in four areas of Social Determinants of…


Family First Prevention Services Act Creates Trauma-Informed Options for Children

The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law by Congress on February 9, 2018, could drastically change the child welfare system by putting more of an emphasis on prevention and using a trauma-informed approach to develop service and support plans for children at-risk of entering foster care or children already placed in foster care….


Seeking Insight to Innovation Topics for Spring Conference

February 5, 2019

i2i is seeking Insight to Innovation Topics for our upcoming Spring Conference, June 10-11 in Raleigh.  This event attracts approximately 500 MH/IDD/SUD and healthcare professionals in NC and beyond. Insight to Innovations topics will be presented on June 10th.  Click here to download writable PDF application – Presenter Form-Spring2019 FINAL . Deadline for proposals is March 8, 2019. Innovation…


i2i’s First Year – Building Change

January 31, 2019

The i2i Center for Integrative Health hit the one year mark on January 1, 2019, and what a year of building and growth it has been for the organization! In 12 short months, i2i staff have met with leaders representing all segments of the public service system, as well as private sector organizations involved in…