Friday April 16, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: Library System enters next phase of service

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  • Library System enters next phase of service

  • State approves Cabarrus move to Partners Health Management
  • CVB announces Burger Madness Challenge winner
  • Girl Scout Troop 1583 teams with CabCo to thank vaccination clinic volunteers
  • COVID-19 resources

Library System enters next phase of service

March 2020: Library branches closed their doors to the public and transitioned to a remote workforce. At that point, library staff had to face the indefinite loss of more than 50 regular in-person programs while still working to serve the community. Those first days proved difficult, said Library System Director Emery Ortiz. “Our staff is very committed to serving the public—they love having those interactions with people,” she said. “Not knowing when that would happen again was a real challenge. We missed our patrons.” After getting beyond the unknown, day-to-day nature of those first weeks, it became clear the library system would have to change course to continue meeting the important goal of accessibility. How did they do it? In the video below, library staff share how ingenuity and hard work kept them connected with an expanded audience.

State approves Cabarrus move to Partners Health Management 

Realignment effective September 1

Cabarrus and Union counties were notified that North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MHP has approved their requests for realignment with Partners Health Management (Partners). The realignment has an effective date of September 1, 2021 and was approved in accordance with NCGS § 122C-115(a3) and county disengagement rules.

Leaders address the local behavioral health crisis
In October 2020, both Cabarrus and Union County Boards of Commissioners unanimously voted to disengage from the current Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and realign with Partners. LME/MCOs are governmental entities that manage county, state and Medicaid funds for intellectual/developmental disability, mental health and substance use disorder services.

Cabarrus County and Union County officials worked jointly to align their requests in the best interest of residents, and believe the realignment will better serve their community needs.

“This seamless transition already delivers on the commitment Partners Health Management made to Cabarrus County,” said Steve Morris, Chair of the Cabarrus Board of Commissioners. “On behalf of the board and County leadership, I want to say that we look forward to collaborating with a like-minded organization that prioritizes innovative public service. Partners will help advance our goal of a safe, healthy community that provides appropriate mental health services.”

Moving forward with Partners
“We are humbled by the counties’ request and Secretary’s decision,” said Rhett Melton, CEO of Partners. “We understand that every community we serve is unique and one size does not fit all. Collaboration is the cornerstone of Partners’ culture and we look forward to working closely with county leadership, providers and stakeholders in the weeks ahead to ensure continuity of care for individuals and families who live in Cabarrus and Union counties.”

Cabarrus and Union leaders will review all requirements set forth from the Secretary in the coming weeks to develop a collaborative strategy and work plans to ensure continuity of care for members and a seamless transition to Partners on September 1, 2021.

CVB announces Burger Madness Challenge winner

The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a burger battle in March, with 12 local restaurants putting unique creations out for the public to try and vote on their favorite. When the smoke cleared, Johnny Rogers BBQ and Burgers in Concord came out on top with their candied GOAT burger. In this video, Julie Hinson from the CVB shares more about the challenge and GOAT burger creator Barrett Dabbs tells us how building his burger also helped build his business.

Girl Scout Troop 1583 teams with CabCo to thank vaccination clinic volunteers

Ch3, a County employee-led charitable organization, recently partnered with Girl Scout Troop 1583 to thank volunteers at the Cabarrus Arena Vaccination Clinic. In the video below, Shannon Derner, tax program specialist for CabCo and member of Ch3, shares more on the story.


Have you been fully vaccinated? 

Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after your single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). 

Residents (including those who have received their first and second vaccine) are encouraged to continue practicing the 3W's:
• Wear a mask
• Wait 6 feet apart
• Wash your hands often

To learn about all the recommendations for those that are fully vaccinated, visit the CDC's vaccination site. Following the NC Department of Health and Human Services phased rollout plan of prioritized vaccinations groups, health officials expanded clinic operations to include night hours and one additional clinic. 

Anyone 16 and older is now eligible for vaccination in North Carolina 

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