Behavioral Healthcare in Mecklenburg County
County Manager Harry Jones informed the Board that the County received notification from the state on Monday, December 31 stating that the County would not be ready to assume responsibility for mental health services by February 1, therefore the state has assigned responsibility to Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. Albert Delia, Acting Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, said in his letter that a December 20 review of Mecklenburg’s progress shows that it would not be ready by February to administer millions of dollars in federal and state funds through MeckLink Behavioral Healthcare, the former County Area Mental Health Department. Mecklenburg County has spent two years, more than $3 million and hired more than 170 employees in anticipation of being awarded the so-called Medicaid Waiver to administer behavioral health services in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Manager Jones told the Board that he will work with the incoming Secretary of HHS to reverse Delia’s decision.
Mecklenburg County’s Sestercentennial
The Board approved a proclamation recognizing 2013 as the year of Mecklenburg County’s sestercentennial or 250th birthday. In December, 1762, a section of Anson County was designated to form a new county in North Carolina, called Mecklenburg County. The first official act of Mecklenburg County was a court proceeding held at the home of Thomas Spratt near Caldwell and Randolph roads on February 26, 1763. As a result, this date is deemed the official birth date for Mecklenburg County. Therefore, on February 26, 2013, the Mecklenburg County community will celebrate its 250th birthday. To commemorate this birthday, the Board is being asked to adopt a proclamation, which will kick-off planning efforts to involve Mecklenburg residents, businesses and others in celebrations to share and learn the history of the community over the past 250 years.