mecklink http://wfae.org en MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health http://wfae.org/post/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 http://wfae.org MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover http://wfae.org/post/county-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 http://wfae.org Fuller: No Tax Hike; Calls For Poverty Task Force http://wfae.org/post/fuller-no-tax-hike-calls-poverty-task-force <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller says he doesn't want to raise taxes this year because the county expects to see a surplus in revenue from construction and other growth.</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:01:58 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 44052 at http://wfae.org Fuller: No Tax Hike; Calls For Poverty Task Force County Employees Receive Priority For Cardinal Job Openings http://wfae.org/post/county-employees-receive-priority-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 http://wfae.org County Employees Receive Priority For Cardinal Job Openings Meck Commission Votes For Cardinal To Succeed MeckLINK http://wfae.org/post/meck-commission-votes-cardinal-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 http://wfae.org Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover http://wfae.org/post/cardinal-has-bargaining-power-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 http://wfae.org Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover MeckLINK Nearing Its End http://wfae.org/post/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 http://wfae.org MeckLINK Nearing Its End Accounting Tricks Keep MeckLINK In The Black, Out Of State Hands http://wfae.org/post/accounting-tricks-keep-mecklink-black-out-state-hands <p>In the waning moments of a year-long battle with the state over its mental health services agency, MeckLINK, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners has approved some accounting tricks to maintain its leverage over the agency’s fate.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:23:19 +0000 Ben Bradford 37477 at http://wfae.org Accounting Tricks Keep MeckLINK In The Black, Out Of State Hands A Convoluted Appeals System For Mental Health Patients http://wfae.org/post/convoluted-appeals-system-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 http://wfae.org Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase http://wfae.org/post/frustrations-mecklink-grow-denials-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 http://wfae.org Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase