mental health en Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers began digging into the details of Governor Pat </span>McCrory’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> budget today as did state agencies, lobbyists and, reporters too. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plans to pay for raises for all state employees in part by cutting funds to the </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> system. But his budget includes plenty of other cuts and additions large and small.&nbsp;</span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lisa Miller joined Mark </span>Rumsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss some of them.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:31:59 +0000 Lisa Miller 51037 at Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget OT Win Puts Bobcats In NBA Playoffs <p>The Charlotte Bobcats are in the NBA playoffs for only the second time in their 10-year history. It took an overtime victory in Cleveland last night.&nbsp; Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, as the Bobcats beat the Cavaliers, 96 to 94. The win pushed the Bobcats over the 500 mark, with 39 wins and 38 losses. They’re now in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Playoff tickets go on sale Monday at 10am.</p><p><strong>MAN CHARGED WITH WEST CHARLOTTE MURDER</strong></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:32:40 +0000 David Boraks 48443 at MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health <p>As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:02:04 +0000 Ben Bradford 48160 at MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover <p>Mecklenburg County government will continue to supplement state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services with its own money. The county has provided those funds for years, but their fate has been in limbo, as officials prepare to hand over mental health oversight to an outside organization.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:09:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 47717 at County Employees Receive Priority For Cardinal Job Openings <p>By state-mandate, Mecklenburg County’s mental health agency MeckLINK will lose its Medicaid contract at the end of March, less than a year after the county hired more than 200 employees and launched the agency as part of a statewide reorganization. Now county staff are working to save the jobs of the employees MeckLINK has hired.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:09:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 42472 at County Employees Receive Priority For Cardinal Job Openings Meck Commission Votes For Cardinal To Succeed MeckLINK <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 7-2 last night to work out an agreement to turn oversight of mental health, substance abuse, and disability care to Cardinal Innovations, less than a year after the county launched its own agency, MeckLINK, at a cost of more than $8 million. The county started MeckLINK because of a state reorganization, and now it has to give it up because of another one.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:04:09 +0000 Ben Bradford 38707 at Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners met with the leadership team of Cardinal Innovations on Monday afternoon, in one of the final steps as the county prepares to surrender oversight of its mental health patients and millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. Commissioners had three requests for Cardinal, but little leverage to negotiate.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:59:01 +0000 Ben Bradford 38637 at Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover MeckLINK Nearing Its End <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are poised to give up the county’s new mental health agency, MeckLINK, less than a year after it opened for business. The state is forcing their hand.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:19:06 +0000 Ben Bradford 38269 at MeckLINK Nearing Its End A Convoluted Appeals System For Mental Health Patients <p>Last year, North Carolina changed how it provides mental health care for those on Medicaid. The state put 11 regional organizations, called MCOs, in charge and gave them less money to work with. So, cuts to care were expected.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About half of these </span>MCOs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including </span>MeckLINK<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Charlotte, have denied upward of 20 percent of requests for care, according to self-reported data from the organizations. Patients can appeal, but North Carolina has made the process far more difficult.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:21:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 34318 at Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase <div><p>Mecklenburg County’s mental health patients are being denied care they have grown accustomed to, after a statewide reorganization cut money available for Medicaid mental health. Mecklenburg County set up the agency, MeckLINK, to manage the remaining funds. The agency's officials blame the state for cutbacks, but providers say denials to patients for service exceed the amount cut by the state.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:16:47 +0000 Ben Bradford 33231 at Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase