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8:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

NC House Considers Turning MeckLINK Over To An Authority

The state and Mecklenburg County are once again at odds over who should control hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicaid funds for mental health services.


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2:55 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

MeckLINK Passes Penultimate Preparedness Test

It’s been a rollercoaster month for MeckLINK. That’s the county mental health service agency, which has been preparing for two years and hired nearly 150 workers to take over more than $200 million in Medicaid funds for mental health, substance abuse, and disability services. Since December 31st, MeckLINK has lost the job--when the state found it would not be ready to take over--appealed that decision, lost the appeal, threatened to sue, and then negotiated an extension to prove it can be ready by March 1st.

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12:17 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State Gives MeckLINK Another Chance

  Mecklenburg County will have another chance to prove it’s ready to take over more than $200 million in Medicaid funds for mental health services.

The county spent the last two years and $3 million  preparing its agency MeckLINK to handle mental health, substance abuse, and disability services, as part of a statewide change to how Medicaid funds for those services are dispersed. 

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9:17 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Mecklenburg Will Sue State Over MeckLINK

Commission Chair, Pat Cotham, left, and Trevor Fuller listen during a County Commissioners meeting at the Government Center Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County will continue its fight to reinstate its mental health service agency, MeckLINK, as the overseer of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. In a last ditch effort, county commissioners unanimously voted to take their case to court.

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12:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State Denies MeckLINK's Reinstatement

The new Secretary of Health and Human Services has denied Mecklenburg County’s request to reinstate MeckLINK as the area’s manager of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.  

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10:21 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Despite Decision, MeckLINK Proceeds As Normal

Mecklenburg County officials learned last week they will not get hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds to administer mental health, disability, and substance abuse services. But, the county is proceeding as if will get the money, anyway, despite the state’s decision to reassign those funds to an outside organization.

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8:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Warnings Aplenty That MeckLINK Unprepared

A slide from an October presentation by the Department of Health and Human Services shows the organizations administering Medicaid funds for mental health services in North Carolina.
Credit North Carolina General Assembly

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are shocked and livid that the state has removed hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicaid funds from MeckLINK, the county’s mental health service agency. Commissioners are pointing fingers and leveling accusations at the state, but the decision had been a long-time in the making.

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