January CFAC Update: Learn about the Bonnie Schell Scholarship

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — January 08, 2020
Bonnie Schell Scholarship
The Bonnie Schell Scholarship was created to honor Bonnie Schell, the founding Director of Consumer Affairs (now called “Member Engagement”) at Cardinal Innovations. This scholarship specifically supports registration fees of up to $500 for conferences and trainings in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The Bonnie Schell Scholarship follows the definitions for mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse as set forth in North Carolina General Statute (“N.C.G.S.” §122C-3.)

Scholarships are awarded for the reimbursement of conference registration fees only and reimbursement may take up to 45 days. Submitting prior to an event is required to allow time for the application to be reviewed by Cardinal Innovations’ Consumer Family Advisory Committee Steering Committee (CFAC-SC), and if approved, to initiate the process through Cardinal Innovations to ensure timely payment processing. The CFAC-SC may decide to award scholarship funds in an amount less than the applicant is requesting because the scholarship fund is subject to an annual budget.

Since July 1, 2019, the Bonnie Schell Scholarship has awarded eight scholarships, totaling $2,025. Scholarship opportunities are still available through June 30, 2020. 

More information on the Bonnie Schell Scholarship.  

Bonnie Schell Scholarship Program application

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Your local Consumer Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) serves you or your community by helping recognize service gaps, make suggestions for services, note underserved groups, and discuss community service issues. All CFACs are open to the community. 

Would you like to have a larger state impact? The State CFAC is open to the community as well.  The State CFAC advises the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the General Assembly on the planning and management of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS). 

The State CFAC meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be February 12 at the Division of Public Health in the Cardinal Meeting Room, 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. Can’t attend in person? There is a call in option. Conference call-in: 1-888-273-3658; Access Code: 2490768#

For more details including membership information, volunteer opportunities, and previous meeting minutes, along with other details visit NCDHHS.   

Regional CFAC Schedule of Meetings

Central Region CFAC represents members and their families from Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Orange and Person counties. This groups meets the first Tuesday of the every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with alternating meeting locations. This group last met on January 7. The next meeting will be on February 4 at the 2929 Crouse Ln., Suite B, Burlington, NC 27215.
  • Chairperson: Bob Crayton
  • Vice Chairperson: Lea Ottinger
Northern Region CFAC represents members and their families from Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month at different locations throughout their region. The next meeting will be on February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) – Warrenton Campus, 210 W Ridgeway Street, Warrenton, NC 27589. 
  • Chairperson: Angelena Kearney-Dunlap
  • Vice Chairperson: Martha Green
Southern Region CFAC represents members and their families from Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. This groups meets the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Piedmont Community Office, 4855 Milestone Ave., Daniel R. Coughlin Conference Center, Kannapolis, NC 28081. The next meeting will be on January 21.
  • Chairperson: Beverly M. Morrow
  • Vice Chairperson: Terri Clark
Triad Region CFAC represents members and their families from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Rockingham counties. This group meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Triad Community Office, 650 Highland Ave., Suite 130, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The next meeting will be on February 10
  • Chairperson: Obie Johnson
  • Vice Chairperson: Mary Miller
Triad CFAC is looking for additional members to represent Davidson County. If you are interested, contact Director of Community Health and Wellness King Jones by email at king.jones@cardinalinnovations.org or the Triad CFAC member Mary Miller at mtmiller07@aol.com.

Additionally, Cardinal Innovations’ CFAC Steering meets quarterly, on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be on February 6 at Cardinal Innovations’ Kannapolis-based office, located at 4855 Milestone Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081.  

If you would like to contact one of your Regional CFACs to provide input regarding services, service gaps or any other issue, email memberquestions@cardinalinnovations.org.

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