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Terry Cox


Terry J. Cox was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018. Cox is a Peer Support Specialist in the Emergency Department with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he helps connect individuals with substance user disorder (SUD) to community resources. He also works with providers and other organizations that can offer assistance for those who need it.

Throughout his career, Cox has worked with individuals who have mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD) and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) diagnoses and their families in programs sponsored by both public and private organizations in northwest North Carolina.

Cox has extensive experience communicating with members to determine their needs, ensure quality care and advocate for improved access to care. In addition to being a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Cox also is Wellness Action Recovery Plan (WRAP) Facilitator and a North Carolina Certified Nursing Assistant I.

For the past eight years, Cox has collaborated with other health professionals at Crisis Control Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Health, the Bethesda Homeless Shelter, CenterPoint (Stokes and Davie counties) and now Cardinal Innovations Wellness Centers.  His mission has always been to ensure that members have full knowledge of available supports and services – a mission that is based on his fundamental belief that recovery is an attainable goal.

Cox has worked in the past as a Member Engagement Specialist for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, collaborating with MH/SUD/IDD community resources and addressing referrals to assist with behavioral health, employment, housing and support services.

Prior to that, Cox worked with RHA Health, Inc., where he provided Peer Support Services for the homeless population at Bethesda Homeless Shelter, advocating for them in the areas of employment, food, clothing and independent housing.

Cox also worked for the Forsyth County Government from 1997 to 2010, serving in the Department of Social Services and the Board of Elections. He has served as a member of the CenterPoint Consumer and Family Advisory Committee, the CenterPoint MH/SA Advisory Committee and the Forsyth County Mental Health Collaborative.

Cox is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a 1985 graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming. He lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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