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.”

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 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 Now Members of National Quality Forum, Opioid Action Team

Partners Behavioral Health Management recently became the first North Carolina Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization accepted into the membership of the National Quality Forum, an organization that leads efforts to improve health and healthcare quality throughout the country. Partners underwent an application and selection process to be a part of the NQF’s 400-plus membership, which includes national public and private entities with a common goal of improving healthcare.

“We are honored to be part of the National Quality Forum,” said Selenna Moss, Partners’ Chief Performance and Compliance Officer. “Partners will be able to be part of national quality initiatives as they develop, learn from others, and share our expertise as we all work to improve healthcare throughout our communities.”

Partners is also participating in the National Quality Forum’s 25-member national Opioid Stewardship Action Team. Barbara Hallisey, Partners’ Associate Clinical Services Director, is serving on the action team and will share Partners’ knowledge and experience in opioid addiction service management. This team will identify strategies and tactics to help prescribers better manage patients’ pain while reducing the risk of addiction. The group will release its recommendations in March 2018.

“The opioid epidemic is like nothing this country has seen before. Countless lives have been lost and children orphaned,” said Hallisey. “We need strategies and leadership, like those offered by NQF and the Opioid Stewardship Action Team, to help combat this problem.”

The National Quality Forum brings together diverse organizations and individuals from across the country dedicated to improving health and healthcare through quality measurement. At this time, over 430 organizations, including hospitals, physicians and other clinicians, healthcare systems, patient and consumer groups, insurers, employers, and biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies are members of the National Quality Forum.

Enrollee Navigator

What if I have Insurance other than Medicaid or no insurance at all? How does Insurance affect my services?

Medicaid and other Insurance

You should tell both Partners and your provider if you have insurance other than Medicaid. This includes Medicare or private insurance. When you have Medicaid and another type of insurance, Medicaid is the “payer of last resort.”  This means your other insurance must process the claim and decide if they will pay for the service and how much they will pay. Then Medicaid may pay for the service or for part of the service not paid by your other insurance.

Can my Medicaid stop?

Your Medicaid may stop automatically when you:

  • Move out of the eight counties Partners covers and your county of residence changes
  • Go to jail or prison for more than thirty days at one time
  • Lose temporary eligibility
  • Start receiving Medicare
  • Have a change in income
  • Have a change in your alien or refugee status
  • Are admitted to a behavioral health institution and are between the ages of 22 and 64
  • Die

State-Funded Services for Adults and Children without Medicaid

Partners offers a range of services available to individuals without Medicaid coverage. Part of the state- funded service eligibility process is based on individual or family income. Eligibility is also based on clinical needs. State funding for services is limited. Entry requirements and benefit maximums may be different than the Medicaid requirements for the same service. At times, people seeking state-funded services may be placed on a waiting list if

  • Demand for service exceeds available resources
  • No provider is accepting new clients for the state-funded service

All State Funded Services are subject to funding availability. Access to services is not guaranteed.

Am I Eligible for State-Funded Services?

When you call Partners to begin services, your ability to pay for state-funded services is determined. This is based on your adjusted gross income and how many dependents you have. State-funded services are on a sliding fee scale. Depending on your ability to pay, you may have to pay part of the cost for services.

Partners provides Crisis Services to EVERYONE—it doesn’t matter if you are privately insured, you have Medicaid, or you have no insurance—If you need help with a behavioral health crisis, call us right away, anytime, every day at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673)

In the Community 

Connect Catawba Resource Forum

The quarterly Connect Catawba Resource Forum is coming up on Tuesday, December 12, from 8-10 a.m., at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Avenue, Newton, NC (enter at back of building; lower level). The keynote speaker Brandy Lineberger, Geriatric/Adult Mental Health Specialty Team Program Coordinator for Partners will present “Services for our Aging Population.” Participants will also hear from agencies and programs providing services and resources for elderly citizens in the community, and how to connect someone to services. RSVP is required. Please RSVP online or call Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 by Friday, December 8.

Darkness to Light Training

Partners Training Academy invites you to attend a free Darkness to Light Training. The training is provided in an effort to prevent childhood sexual abuse by increasing awareness and education in our communities. Training will be Friday, December 15, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at 1218 State Street, Mt. Airy. Please register online or call Stephanie Funderburk at 704-301-1281. The training is two hours and participants will get a certificate upon completion. *This training is approved for 2 contact hours for social workers and nurses.

Bojangles’ Supports Local National Alliance on Mental Illness

Together, you and Bojangles’ can support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nami) Lake Norman/Iredell affiliate. On Monday, December 18, from 5-8 p.m., at 625 River Highway, Mooresville, NC and 325 Huntersville Gateway Boulevard, Huntersville, NC, Bojangles’ is donating a portion of its sales towards educational classes, support groups, and community awareness to support those with mental illness and their families in the Lake Norman/Iredell area. Be sure to tell Bojangles’ you support NAMI.

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or jbrucato@partnersbhm.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

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