Partners Wins North Carolina Public Health Association Award

Partners Behavioral Health Management was honored with the North Carolina Public Health Association’s (NCPHA) Partners in Public Health Distinguished Service Award on September 28, 2017. The award winners were announced to an audience of more than 500 people at the NCPHA Fall Education Conference in Asheville, NC.

Partners was nominated by Jane N. Hinson, MS, BSN, RN, Health Director of the Iredell County Public Health Department. Hinson emphasized the partnership between the Iredell County Health Department and Partners to address substance use disorder and prevent opioid use and misuse. Partners received the award for our guidance to providers, leadership roles in the Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition, and continual commitment of staff and financial resources for addressing the opioid epidemic in the eight counties we serve.

“Locally, we must have a multi-organizational community response to be successful in this endeavor,” said Hinson. “Iredell County Health Department has had a strong ally in our fight against the opioid demon with Partners Behavioral Health Management.”

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Guidance for Health Care Providers

  • Co-sponsored educational event held on Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Secured nationally known addiction specialist, Dr. Omar Manejwala as the keynote speaker
  • Designed all marketing and event materials
  • Supplied canvas tote bags with substance abuse educational materials for all attendees
  • Led a session during the training on the “Substance Use Disorder Treatment Continuum”

Leadership roles in Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition

  • Actively participated in thirteen-hour strategic planning process
  • Partners continually ensures representation on all four of the working Coalition subcommittees: 1) Prescribing Practices and Naloxone, 2) Treatment, Recovery, and Case Management, 3) Legal/Law Enforcement 4) Prevention Education
  • Serves as elected member on the Drug Abuse Free Iredell Coalition Executive Committee

Continual Commitment to Addressing Opioid Epidemic

  • Engaged Dr. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, to provide leadership and guidance for the substance use prevention coalitions in eight-county catchment area
  • Allocated $25,000 for each county to help fund full-time positions dedicated to substance use prevention
  • Dedicated additional resources to fund prescriber education and drug diversion and treatment initiatives.

The Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award was established in September 1998 to recognize other organizations or professions who have contributed to public health efforts in North Carolina. The recipient may be a private company, civic organization, or professional association.

Additional Information

The North Carolina Public Health Association was founded in 1909 and is a professional network of individuals engaged in protecting and improving the health of all North Carolinians. NCPHA is also the state-affiliate of the American Public Health Association. With over 1,100 members, NCPHA is the largest state-affiliate in the United States.

Partners Behavioral Health Management is the local manager of mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities treatment available through Medicaid, state, and county funding. Partners contracts with care providers to ensure that treatment options are available for eligible residents of Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry, and Yadkin counties. Visit our about us page to learn more.