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Brandy Stephens Joins Cardinal Innovations as Mecklenburg Community Partners Manager

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — May 13, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 13, 2015 – Brandy Stephens has joined Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions as the Community Partners Manager for the Mecklenburg Region.

Stephens comes to Cardinal Innovations from Safe Alliance, where she has worked for the last 12 years, serving in several roles including Director of Community Partnerships; Director of Counseling, EAP & Victim Advocacy; and Director of Victim Services. She credits her successes at Safe Alliance to the teamwork of committed staff, volunteers and community partners.

Stephens has more than 20 years of experience providing behavioral health care services including management, counseling, advocacy, community education, prevention, volunteer coordination, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. Her clinical background includes working with trauma, court ordered youth, adoptions and foster care, infant mental health and autism. Stephens also is trained in play therapy, and has provided individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as support groups and therapy groups. She has a personal commitment to survivors of child maltreatment, sexual trauma, domestic violence, human trafficking, and school violence. She also enjoys working with at-risk youth and underserved populations as well as infant mental health and early childhood development.

“I have always respected the dedication and talent of staff at Cardinal Innovations, as they carry out a critical mission. It is a privilege for me to join the team at Cardinal Innovations, and I look forward to applying my experience to my new role as Community Partners Manager on the Mecklenburg Region team,” Stephens said.

Stephens has been primarily in the non-profit sector in Florida and North Carolina, serving youth and families through residential treatment programs, intensive in-home services, outpatient mental health services, children's advocacy centers, and rape crisis centers. During her tenure at Safe Alliance, Stephens developed a passion for trauma-informed care, military-informed care and evidence-based practices. She participated as the senior leader in several learning collaboratives including Veteran's Clinical and Cultural Competence.

Stephens serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and has worked closely with the Children's Advocacy Centers of NC, Prevent Child Abuse NC, and the NC Child Treatment Program. She also participates in many local and regional taskforces including child protection/fatality review teams and system of care teams. Stephens has worked closely with law enforcement, social services, district attorney's offices, medical providers, schools, other mental health providers, Guardian ad Litem, and military and veteran's groups. She has seen firsthand how working together as a team with community partners can build and establish important programs and services, such as the Tree House Children's Advocacy Center.

Stephens has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also holds a master's degree in counselor education from the University of South Florida (USF), specializing in marriage and family therapy. She participated in a research team at USF and interned for the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Her educational, professional and life experience have led her to seek ways to reduce barriers and promote cultural diversity and competency, and to reduce the stigma of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental challenges.

Stephens is married and has two sons ages 3 and 5.

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