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CFAC Spotlight: Triad

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — September 12, 2018 — 4 min read
Triad Consumer and Family Advisory Committee Chairman Obie Johnson has been living in recovery from substance use disorder involving crack cocaine, marijuana and alcohol since December 27, 1987.

Those who know him well say he’s their hero not only because of his 30 years in recovery, but also because of how he helps people now who have similar struggles.

“To all of us in Winston-Salem fortunate enough to know him, Obie is a hero. He’s a gifted case manager who knows just how to engage clients to take ownership of their recovery, a talented facilitator and leader at meetings,” said Mary Miller, vice chair of the Triad CFAC. “Obie is kind, gentle, smart and goodness personified. He brings out the best in everyone. Obie is loved by all. He is also too humble to talk about his many achievements.”

Johnson also serves as interim chair elect of the Executive CFAC and is a member of the Steering Committee on the all CFAC summit in October.

Johnson first got involved with CFAC when he was working at the Behavioral Health Plaza in Winston-Salem, N.C. Someone from CenterPoint was passing out flyers from CFAC. Johnson read it, went to a couple of meetings and has been involved since then.

Being a part of CFAC is important to Johnson because CFAC members need to have a voice in the services and care available. “There was a time in my life when I wanted to be a dope dealer, but with CFAC I became a hope dealer,” Johnson says.

“Some important jobs that CFAC does is to identify gaps in services and to have a voice in the Local Business Plan,” Johnsons said. “Nothing about us without us.”

Triad CFAC meets the second Monday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at the Highland Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Triad CFAC has a 15 members. Three slots will be added to the current membership. The leadership team includes: Obie Johnson, chair; Mary Miller, vice chair; Sarah Potter representing IDD; Matt Potter, vice chair, on the Community Board; Terry Cox on the Corporate Board; Dennis Lynch, chair of the MH/SUD Advisory Committee; Tim Flavin, chair of the IDD Advisory Committee; and Bob Scofield, staff liaison.

In other news:
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare now offers free online training courses to support its CFACs. To access these trainings, click here. Training is available to improve leadership, computer, communication, planning, budgeting, decision-making, and project management skills.

Each county in Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s service area is represented by a regional CFAC group. Here are their updates:

Executive CFAC October 25, 6 p.m. Cardinal Innovations’ Executive CFAC includes three representatives from each of the community CFACs. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every other month (February, April, June, October and December) at Woodbury Park, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. 

Alamance-Caswell CFAC September 25, 6 p.m. The Alamance-Caswell CFAC meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at the Alamance-Caswell Community Office, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C.

Five County CFAC November 13, 6 p.m. The Five County CFAC represents Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties and meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at the Vance Granville Community College, 210 West Ridgeway St., Warrenton, N.C.

Mecklenburg CFAC September 20, 5:30 p.m. The Mecklenburg CFAC meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, N.C.

OPC CFACSeptember 13, 6 p.m. The OPC CFAC represents Orange, Person and Chatham counties. It meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at the OPC Community Office, 201 Sage Road, Suite 300, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Piedmont CFAC September 18, 6 p.m. The Piedmont CFAC represents Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. This CFAC meets the third Tuesday of every month (except for December and August) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Milestone Office, 4855 Milestone Ave., Kannapolis, N.C.

Triad CFAC October 8, 5:30 p.m. The Triad CFAC represents Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Rockingham counties. The Triad CFAC meets on the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Triad Community Office (Highland Avenue Ceter), 650 Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, N.C.

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