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How to Impact a Stalled State Budget

November 2, 2021

The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2022 began on July 1, 2021 with no budget passed by the NC General Assembly for the year.  The Senate had passed their version of the budget in late June and the House passed their version in August.  Reports indicate that the House and Senate have negotiated their differences and…

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North Carolina Olmstead Plan Draft Published for Feedback

Olmstead v. L.C. was a US Supreme Court decision made in 1999 that determined that unjustified segregation of individuals with disabilities constitutes discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The primary plaintiffs had mental illness and developmental disabilities and were admitted to a State psychiatric facility.  They were kept there due to lack of community-based…

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Reducing the Registry of Unmet Needs

The Registry of Unmet Needs of the Innovations Waiver provides State leaders with an indication of individuals who are eligible and waiting for intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) services in North Carolina.  The Innovations Waiver is a home and community-based Medicaid program with the goal of promoting choice, control and community integration as an alternative to institutionalization….

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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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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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