Restructuring Update: Executive CFAC Finalizing Changes to Bylaws

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — February 06, 2019
Plans are moving ahead to restructure the seven existing regional Consumer and Family Advisory Committees (CFACs) into four groups, but changes still must be made to the bylaws.

“There’s not a lot set in stone right now except for the plan to restructure,” said Beverly M. Morrow, Interim Chairman of the Executive CFAC and Chair of the Piedmont CFAC.

In the fall, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare hosted a two-day CFAC Summit where members and their families discussed ways to strengthen their voice. Part of the summit involved discussion about redesigning the CFACs to give members a more unified voice. Local CFAC members worked with representatives from Cardinal Innovations and the state. The CFAC members decided to reorganize as four new local CFACs:
  • Five County (Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance, Warren)
  • Central: (Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Orange, Person)
  • Southern: (Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union)
  • Triad: (Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes)
Executive CFAC members met January 24 to discuss proposed changes to the bylaws such as membership and how to decide which CFAC members serve on the Cardinal Innovations Board of Directors. Currently, there are three members from the Executive CFAC serving three-year terms on the Board of Directors. Each one represents a different area: Jean Anderson represents Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD); Terry Cox represents substance use disorders; and Morrow represents mental health. In the future, that could change.  

Morrow said the next Executive CFAC meeting is scheduled for today, February 7, in Burlington, N.C.  Following that discussion, there will be another meeting February 28 when the CFAC members hope to be ready to vote on the changes, but whether or not they vote will depend on the progress that is made, Morrow said.

“There’s a lot to discuss. It’s complex,” she said.

CFACs were created by the state to provide active participation by members and family members. They are self-governing groups that have a choice to receive administrative support from the Cardinal Innovations staff.

CFAC members are adult volunteers age 18 or older who receive services for mental health, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or substance use disorder (MH/IDD/SUD) or are family members of those receiving services. They help inform decisions and initiatives that improve the health and wellness of Cardinal Innovations’ members.

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