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Partners Health Management Welcomes Davidson County on Feb. 1, 2024

Gastonia, NC, Jan. 25, 2024 — Partners Health Management will soon begin managing services for individuals in Davidson County who are currently Sandhills Center members.

Beginning on Feb.1, 2024, Sandhills Center members who receive Medicaid or State-funded services for intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental health or substance use disorders (SUD) will be automatically enrolled with Partners.

“We believe Partners will be a great fit for Davidson County and look forward to working with the staff there to ensure our residents and their families receive the care and support they need to live their best lives,” said Davidson County Manager Casey Smith.

Davidson County joins Partners as part of the consolidation of North Carolina’s six Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs) to four, which was announced on Nov. 1, 2023, by North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Kody Kinsley.

Partners Health Management is an LME/MCO that currently serves 14 counties. Davidson County, which has about 170,000 residents, will bring the total number of counties served to 15.

Partners CEO Rhett Melton said, “We look forward to managing care for individuals and families living in Davidson County and hope to develop a strong partnership with the county leadership, members, advocates, providers and stakeholders to ensure continuity of care for those we will serve.”

Davidson County residents frequently list mental health as a top health concern. In the 2021 Davidson County Community Health Needs Assessment, those surveyed ranked substance abuse, obesity and mental health (in that order) as their top three health concerns. Partners can address these health issues by connecting Davidson County residents with programs, resources and services in their area.

Davidson Department of Social Services Director Patricia Baker said she looks forward to working with Partners.

“Partners has a reputation for building strong partnerships with the communities it serves and we look forward to forging a productive relationship with them to help meet the needs of our population,” Baker said.

Partners will kick off this change with a virtual welcome event for new members, providers and stakeholders on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register.

For more information about the upcoming change, visit our Davidson County Realignment webpage.

Members and their families also can subscribe here to receive notification about upcoming events and other Partners’ updates.



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 Medicaid, state and local funding for intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health, substance use disorder, and traumatic brain injury (IDD/MH/SUD/TBI) 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.

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For more information, please contact:

Rachel Porter, Chief Administrative Officer
Partners Health Management
Mobile: 980-293-3978