Stanly County is committed to ensuring the best behavioral health system is available to residents in the community. In an effort to accomplish this strategic goal, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on November 9, 2020 to pursue a relationship with Partners Health Management to manage residents’ behavioral health services funded by federal and state dollars, including Medicaid. Partners is a Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), which is a governmental entity that manages mental health, intellectual/developmental disability and substance use services.
Currently, Stanly County’s behavioral health services are managed by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. However, Partners’ intentional focus on community interaction and engagement with stakeholders, innovation and collaboration with providers and values based attributes, more closely aligns with Stanly County’s vision of ensuring our citizens thrive in a healthy and safe community.
North Carolina law permits a county to choose its LME/MCO, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Stanly County initiated this action on November 9, 2020.
Stanly County believes transitioning to a model of service management and community engagement operated by Partners will best accomplish the goal of enhance behavioral health outcomes. Stanly County has engaged in analysis and review of the Partners’ model of operations and have concluded it is one of intentional community integration at multiple levels. Leadership and staff throughout Partners are engaged in relationships within their communities, actively collaborating with stakeholders, providers, consumers and others to meet the challenges.
Stanly County appreciates Partners’ approach of inclusion in the development of their provider network. Stanly County has consistently desired more local behavioral health and substance abuse treatment options for our residents. Partners’ hybrid approach to network development allows for flexibility and does not tightly limit providers or various levels of service.
As we work through this transition, Stanly County recognizes the importance of ensuring behavioral health services for the community are uninterrupted and provided with high quality, timeliness and a focus on community involvement and collaboration. Stanly County will continue to work with Cardinal Innovations in the best interest of the residents of Stanly County. All efforts will be made to provide transparent information, ensure a smooth transition and prevent disruption of behavioral health services in Stanly County.
The official transition date will ultimately be determined by the Secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. To protect residents in greatest need, disengagement with Cardinal Innovations will occur simultaneously with the transition to Partners.
Stanly County residents may offer input on this decision and the transition plan or by emailing or mailing to: Stanly County Manager, ATTN: LME/MCO Realignment, 1000 N. First Street, Suite 10, Albemarle, NC 28001.