NCMS Morning Rounds 1-2-20

Welcome to a new year and your first

NCMS Morning Rounds of 2020!

Jan. 2, 2020

It’s Not Too Late to Renew Your NCMS Membership

We’ve had an overwhelming response to our email invoice for 2020 for individual NCMS membership. Thank you to the many members who responded right away and renewed online to ensure no gap in their NCMS membership.

To those who missed the email or have yet to renew, it’s not too late. Simply click and renew now.

Recommit to supporting your profession in 2020!

NCDHHS Seeks Comment on Behavioral Health Plan Policy

While the implementation of Medicaid managed care has been suspended for the moment, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) continues to work on the design of ‘Tailored Plans’ to serve individuals with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. In addition to managing Medicaid services, Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans also will be responsible for managing state-funded behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) services as the Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations (LME-MCOs) do today for the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid beneficiaries.

NCDHHS is seeking comment on its policy paper titled “North Carolina’s Design for State-funded Services Under Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plans.”

This policy paper details NCDHHS’ vision for the delivery of state-funded behavioral health, I/DD, and TBI services, as well as the continuation of critical “local health functions” (functions focused on health prevention and promotion) under Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans and covers the following areas:

  • Provision of state-funded services under Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans, including eligibility, available services, care management, provider networks and handling of complaints and appeals;
    • Continuing the Transitions to Community Living Initiative (TCLI) principles through Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans and extending the functions of in-reach, transition and diversion to additional populations;
    • Engagement and coordination of local health functions in the context of Medicaid Transformation; and
    • Accountability for state-funded services, TCLI functions and local health functions.

Please share your comments on the policy paper with the Department at by Jan. 29.

NCMS’ Willson Featured In AMA ‘Moving Medicine’ Series

Longtime NCMS member and past NCMS President Charles Willson, MD, was recently featured in the AMA’s Membership Moves Medicine series of leadership profiles. The profile highlights Dr. Willson’s work on behalf of the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries and his career as a pediatrician and active leader and member of the NCMS and AMA.

“Being a physician is the most uplifting career a person can have and practicing in America is a rare privilege,” says Dr. Willson.

Congratulations on this recognition, Dr. Willson!

Read the full profile.

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Learning Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invites National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) members and those who wish to become members to participate in its 10th annual training opportunity for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2020. The goal of NNEDLearn is to develop members’ skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate mental illness and substance use prevention and treatment practices, and to support practice implementation. This training model includes two introductory webinars, an on-site 2 ½ day intensive training and four follow-up virtual coaching sessions. The on-site training for 2020 will be held on March 8 – 11, 2020 at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

Learn more and apply for the training.


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