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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Davidson County Pursues New Behavioral Health Management Organization

Sandhills Center

In an effort to improve behavioral health services in our community, Davidson County’s Board of Commissioners seeks to realign with Sandhills Center to manage our residents' behavioral health services funded by federal and state dollars, including Medicaid.

On June 22, 2021, the Davidson County Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt a disengagement from Cardinal Innovations and realign with Sandhills Center.  Sandhills Center 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 for residents in Anson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, and Richmond Counties.

Davidson County's behavioral health services are currently managed by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Cardinal Innovations' provision of services has not adequately met the needs of Davidson County residents.  Sandhills Center's vision more closely aligns with Davidson County's vision and strategic planning. Davidson County believes this realignment will better serve the community and its needs.

Our primary focus is to carry out this process with transparency, commitment to our community, and the involvement of those who will be impacted by the change. This plan primarily outlines the process for the County's disengagement from Cardinal, but it also necessarily includes the process by which engagement will occur between Davidson County, Sandhills Center, and all relevant stakeholders.  Sandhills Center has committed to working collaboratively with Davidson County and Cardinal to ensure a smooth transition for all involved. Davidson County has every confidence and expectation that Cardinal will also work collaboratively and cooperatively throughout the transition process.

Davidson County residents may offer input on this decision and the transition plan online or by emailing or mailing to: Davidson County Manager, ATTN: LME/MCO Realignment, PO Box 1067, Lexington, NC 27293-1067. 

Click here to read Davidson County’s detailed plan for transition

Click here to read the resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners

Click here to read Davidson County’s letter to NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen

Click here to view public comments submitted

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