Cardinal Innovations Funds Projects Totaling More Than $4 Million through Community Reinvestment Initiative

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — June 21, 2018

Charlotte, N.C. (June 21, 2018) – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has announced the selection of dozens of projects that will receive funding through its Community Reinvestment Initiative, an investment totaling more than $4 million. The selected projects reflect a broad range of initiatives and programs that aim to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Cardinal Innovations created the Community Reinvestment Initiative as a way to make stable, sustainable investments across its 20-county service area. Through this initiative, Cardinal Innovations asked organizations to submit proposals for programs that would improve health outcomes for its members with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders.

“The goal of this effort was to identify and fund high-impact projects in our communities,” said Cardinal Innovations Chief Executive Officer Trey Sutten. “We could not have been more pleased with the number of responses and the broad range of requests we received from organizations throughout our geography. We received so many innovative proposals that we actually made the decision to go beyond our original commitment—funding more than $4 million in projects. It’s an investment in our members, providers and communities that is right in line with our mission.”

During the three-month submission period ending May 1, Cardinal Innovations received hundreds of proposals from entities and organizations across its 20-county service area: Alamance, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance and Warren Counties. Proposals were accepted from municipalities, counties, public school systems, colleges and universities as well as other qualifying non-profits.

Projects were selected for funding through a comprehensive process that included reviews by members of a cross-departmental evaluation committee as well as reviews by the Cardinal Innovations Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors and final approval by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Each county served by Cardinal Innovations is represented in the list of award recipients.

Among the programs selected was a proposal from Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntersville, which provides specialty services to more people with traumatic brain injury or acquired brain injury than any other community-based provider in the state. Community Reinvestment Initiative funds will be used to expand its facilities in anticipation of continuing growth.

Esther House of Stanly County, which provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, will receive funding to expand its facility, allowing for an increase of more than 50 percent of the people it can support, meaning fewer victims turned away due to space challenges.

In an effort to better address mental health and substance use disorders among its jailed population, Granville County, with the support of Community Reinvestment Initiative funding, will strengthen a program that allows detainees regular access to mental health assessments and follow-ups with trained clinicians through videoconferencing. The goal of the program is to remove gaps in service, reduce recidivism and lower instances of unrest at the Granville County Detention Center. 

Below is the complete list of proposals selected for funding through the Community Reinvestment Initiative:
Organization Project
Alamance Community College Career College Mentorship Project
Alamance-Burlington School System ABSS Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop
NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy and OTC Giveaway Programs
Special Olympics North Carolina Health Improvement Initiative for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Wings of Eagles Ranch PATH Instructors
Cabarrus County Schools Assistive Listening Devices Upgrade
Caswell County Schools CHOICES Program
El Futuro Expanding Mental Health Services for Latino Families
Chatham County Government Expansion of Primary Mental Health Service Space
YMCA of the Triangle Mental Health Initiatives
Davie County Child Residential Services Pilot
Gaston Family Health Services Dental Clinic Expansion for Davidson Health
iCan House Services Program Expansion
United Way of Forsyth County Rapid Response Housing Program
School Health Alliance for Forsyth County Mobile Medical Unit for Mental Health Service Expansion
Safe Space Safe Space Shelter and Case Management Services
Granville County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Telemedicine for Granville County Detainees
Granville/Vance Public Health Integrated Care for Diversion Program
Rural Health Group HRMC Expansion Project
Roanoke Valley Adult Day Center HVAC Replacement
Mecklenburg County Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
Autism Society of NC Kickstarter Ideas
Camino Community Center Clinician & Community Training and Outreach Program
Lakewood Preschool Cooperative Enhancing Outdoor Learning Environment
NAMI - Charlotte Providence Place Expansion
Hinds' Feet Farm Facility Expansion
North Carolina Families United, Inc. Central Family Partner Community Involvement
Compass Center for Women & Families Housing and Mental Health Service for Orange County Survivors of Domestic Violence
Person Industries Healthy Living
Rockingham County Schools Transformative Training for School Staff - Trauma
Center for Prevention Services Establishing Post-Overdose Response Teams, etc.
Ketchmore Kids Triple P-Positive Parenting Program
Esther House of Stanly County Shelter and Services Expansions
GHA Autism Supports Equipment for Facility Expansion
Children's Center of Surry, Inc. Stokes Circle of Parents
Union County Public Schools Outpatient Services Program
Alliance Rehabilitative Care ARC Access to SUD Services
Minority Coalition of BH Providers of Color Integrated Care for Underserved Population
Warren County Improving Care
About Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare provides access to Medicaid and state-funded benefits, providers and supports for more than 850,000 individuals with complex needs. Using a community-based model of care management, Cardinal Innovations seeks to improve the health and wellness of its members by collaborating with local providers and stakeholders. Recognized for operational excellence, innovative solutions and superior outcomes for members, as well as accuracy and speed of payments to providers and cost-effective funds management, Cardinal Innovations is a leading managed care organization proud to serve North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Ashley Conger
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