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Partners Health Management (Partners) is a Local Management Entity/ Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) responsible for ensuring access to care for people who need intellectual/developmental disability, mental health and substance use disorder services in central and western North Carolina. Partners manages all Medicaid, state and local funding for Mental Health, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Disorder (MH/IDD/SUD) services in our covered areas.

In 2011, North Carolina’s General Assembly established the first-in-the-nation public Managed Behavioral Health Care system to ensure access to high-quality provider networks, to improve quality of care and to achieve budget predictability through the efficient and effective use of Medicaid resources.

Within North Carolina’s Managed Behavioral Health System, all public funding for MH/IDD/SUD services is managed by North Carolina’s seven LME/MCOs.

We are recognized across North Carolina for our Partners Community Model and our unwavering commitment to individuals and families we serve. The system of care we manage is shaped by the choices of our members and their families and designed to meet the unique needs of each community in our service area. We value our longstanding collaboration with local providers and community stakeholders who share our vision for the highest quality care for the individuals we serve.

Partners’ service area covers nearly one million North Carolinians in: Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Union, and Yadkin counties. Partners is consistently recognized across North Carolina for its Partners Community Model and unwavering commitment to the individuals and families it serves.

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