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Forsyth, Davie will move to Partners November 1

GASTONIA, NC, Aug. 23, 2021: Behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities services for residents in Forsyth and Davie counties will be managed by Partners Health Management effective Nov. 1, 2021, ahead of the anticipated early 2022 transition period.

Both Forsyth and Davie counties were notified in early August that their requests were approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). The transition date was changed to align with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s consolidation with Vaya Health, and other county-LME/MCO transitions occurring throughout the state.

Forsyth and Davie are the fourth and fifth county to seek, and receive, approval to disengage from its current Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, and realign with Partners. LME/MCOs are governmental entities that manage county, state and Medicaid funds for intellectual/developmental disability, mental health and substance use disorder services.

Rhett Melton, CEO of Partners, said “The Partners’ model of ‘Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities’ is the result of collaboration and partnerships to identify and meet the unique needs of each county in our services area. We are excited to move forward on our shared values to bring positive change for the residents of Forsyth and Davie counties.”

Over the coming weeks, county leadership and Partners will work together to ensure continuity of care for members and a seamless transition on Nov. 1, 2021.

To learn more about the transition and how it impacts residents receiving services currently managed by Cardinal Innovations, please visit



Partners Health Management is a leading local managed care organization (LME/MCO), providing access to care for central and western North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens. Partners manages all Medicaid, state and local funding for intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health and substance use disorder (IDD/MH/SUD) services in our covered areas.

We are recognized across North Carolina for our Partners Community Model and unwavering commitment to the counties and the families we serve. Through our steadfast community focus and longstanding partnerships with local stakeholders, agencies and elected officials, our members receive the care and support they need.