LME/MCO Disengagement from Cardinal / Realignment with Partners

On August 2, 2021, the Davie County Board of County Commissioners chose to pursue a relationship with Partners Health Management to manage our citizens’ behavioral health services funded by federal, state and county dollars, including Medicaid.  

Partners is a Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), a governmental entity which manages the county’s mental health, intellectual/developmental disability and substance use services.  

Currently, Davie County’s behavioral health services are managed by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.  However, Partners’ intentional focus on community interaction and high-engagement with stakeholders and other attributes more closely align with Davie County’s vision and strategic planning.  Davie County believes this realignment will better serve the community and its needs.

On August 6, 2021, Davie County received a letter from NC DHHS confirming DHHS’s approval of Davie County’s transition to Partners.  

On August 23, 2021, Davie County received a letter from NC DHHS confirming the November 1, 2021 date for Davie County’s transition to Partners.

Partners Health Management has committed to ensure all current providers contracted and in good standing with Cardinal and serving in our county will be contracted with Partners. 

Continuity of care and services is the number one priority for this transition and ensuring there is no disruption in access or provision of services. 

Resolution of Intent to Disengage

Davie County has developed a Disengagement Plan to ensure a smooth transition from Cardinal to Partners.

View the Disengagement Plan

The law requires Davie County to seek public comment on this Disengagement Plan for 60 days from the posting of this Disengagement Plan on our website. The 60-day public comment period has been completed. 

LME MCO Resolution

View Public Comments Received 

Davie County will keep the public comments received posted online for at least 30 days. 

As part of the county’s disengagement plan to ensure active and robust community involvement in this transition and to facilitate input and feedback from subject matter experts, Davie County formed an LME/MCO Realignment Committee consisting of key county officials, community agencies, Partners staff, and other appropriate stakeholders. The committee is meeting as needed to share information, to schedule listening and education meetings with key stakeholders that include providers, consumers, and advocates, to consult subject matter experts, and to assist the County and Partners Health Management in ensuring a smooth disengagement and transition. 

Please also feel free to explore Partners’ County Realignment webpage with additional information you may find beneficial, such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and informational sessions. Information and resources from Cardinal on realignment are also available on their website.