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Cardinal Innovations Provides Progress Update to Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — February 04, 2021
Cardinal Innovations recently provided a progress update to the Forsyth Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regarding its County Action Plan, a roadmap Cardinal developed to strengthen support for individuals in the county with mental and behavioral health needs. Launched last November, the Plan of Action was created with feedback from the BOCC’s management team.

“County officials, Forsyth County Commissioners, and Cardinal Innovations share a commitment to quality healthcare and support for the individuals we serve, said Trey Sutten, CEO of Cardinal Innovations. We appreciated the recent opportunity to provide Forsyth County’s Board of County Commissioners with an update on our county Plan of Action. We will continue to maintain an open dialogue with county leaders as we work with our local partners to strengthen the safety net in Forsyth County.”

Cardinal Innovations’ Plan of Action progress updates for Forsyth County include:
  • A new county operations director Forsyth County who will be able to leverage the full breadth of Cardinal Innovations’ services for the county.
  • Faster decisions on all treatment authorization requests, with 98 percent of requests for children involved in foster care processed within 72 hours as of December 31.
  • Added five new therapeutic foster care agreements in December to support the needs of children and families in Forsyth County.
  • Assigned a Cardinal Department of Social Services liaison to Forsyth County’s Department of Social Services. This individual participates in consultations regarding children who are involved with Child Protective Services or in-home services.
Cardinal Innovations is contracted by the state to serve Medicaid recipients and the under-insured and uninsured, including coordinating behavioral healthcare for Medicaid-eligible foster children.

About Cardinal Innovations: Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is a specialized health plan and care coordinator for Medicaid recipients and the under- and uninsured in North Carolina with complex behavioral and special needs. Cardinal Innovations connects people with treatment and support for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders through a network of providers in their communities. The organization serves this important role in 20 counties. In 2020, Cardinal Innovations administered nearly $850 million for the care of 825,000 people in the region and invested more than $50 million to improve support systems and to respond to the pandemic. Cardinal Innovations also works with local governments to address public health concerns such as homelessness, suicide prevention, child welfare and domestic violence through education, engagement and outreach.

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