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Promise Resource Network (PRN) Opens Peer Run Respite Program in Charlotte

August 18, 2021

This month Promise Resource Network celebrated the opening of its new Peer Run Respite – Retreat@The Plaza a new trauma informed alternative to hospitals, emergency departments and involuntary commitment for people experiencing mental health crises in Charlotte.   In the PRN press release, CEO Cherene Caraco said, “the demand for trauma-informed alternatives that enhance healing, resilience…

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Legislation

House and Senate Pass State Budget Bills

There was a moment in this Long Session of the NC General Assembly when it appeared there may not be a budget passed for the biennium of State fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.  But the Senate did finally present and quickly pass their proposed budget in late June and the House took some time before…

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Medicaid Transformation

Transformation Brings Integrated Care to Medicaid

North Carolina’s move to establish a Medicaid system that provides for integrated, whole person physical and MH/IDD/SUD care as well as opportunities to address non-medical drivers of health/social determinants of health finally began on July 1.  It has been a lot of work and a long time coming.  In 2016, NC DHHS received approval from…

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Medicaid Transformation

BH/IDD Tailored Plan Contracts Awarded and Potential PHP Partners

NC DHHS announced on July 26th that all seven of the current LME/MCOs received the awards to become BH/IDD Tailored Plans beginning on July 1, 2022.  This will shift to six Tailored Plans assuming the merger between Cardinal Innovations and Vaya Health progress as well as the other county disengagements that are underway.  In this…

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News

LME/MCO Disengagements and Mergers Update

There has been much discussion and action in the past year related to the Cardinal Innovations counties that are no longer satisfied with their service management that will bring major changes to the catchment areas of a number of  LME/MCOs..  Before a county can disengage from their LME/MCO, there are regulatory requirements that provide timelines…

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News

Home and Community-Based Services Get Federal and State Attention

By federal definition, Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in North Carolina include the Medicaid waiver programs of Innovations, Community Alternatives Program – Disabled Adults (CAP-DA) and Community Alternatives Program – Children (CAP-C).   Despite having these focused programs in North Carolina, according to the NC Waiver Action Team, the average wait time in our state is…

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Announcements

i2i Center Partners with FHLI on Duke Endowment Grant to Improve and Advocate for Behavioral Health Needs of NC’s Children and Adolescents

i2i will partner with the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE), a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (FHLI), on a grant from The Duke Endowment.  The grant will allow FHLI to lead a three-year program focused on child and adolescent behavioral health.  The emphasis of the project is on advocacy…

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Announcements

Innovation Award Nominations Now Open!

At this year’s Pinehurst Conference, we will once again take the opportunity to highlight some of the great programs and services going on in NC with the presentation of the 2021 Innovation Awards.  We have adapted and updated some of the categories to better reflect today’s circumstances and to focus on areas of importance.  In…

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