Effective July 1, 2012, Mecklenburg Area Mental Health (also known as the Mecklenburg County Local Management Entity (LME) has become MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare (MeckLINK).
The change signals a planned transition from oversight of state and County-funded services to also managing a new Medicaid waiver function beginning January 1, 2013.
MeckLINK Behavoral Healthcare will continue operating the MeckLINK Call Center. People currently receiving services or seeking new services will still receive assistance by calling 704-336-6404. Including MeckLINK in the new department name is designed to make it easy for Mecklenburg County residents seeking information or referrals for mental health, intellectual or developmental disability services or substance abuse issues.
“We are excited to have one name for this important link to mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services for residents and service providers in Mecklenburg County,” said Michelle Lancaster-Sandlin, Mecklenburg County general manager.
MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare currently has an annual budget of $53 million with 73 full-time County employees overseeing and monitoring state and County-funded behavioral health services.
MeckLINK Behavoral Healthcare will make visible changes in the coming months through its signage, website, printed materials, and community outreach.