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Rose Hoban is the founder and editor of NC Health News, as well as being the state government reporter.

Hoban has been a registered nurse since 1992, but transitioned to journalism after earning degrees in public health policy and journalism. She's reported on science, health, policy and research in NC since 2005. Contact: editor at northcarolinahealthnews.org

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  1. Art Kelley says

    Thank you for this article. As a now-retired psychiatrist with extensive experience in the NC public mental health system, I am heartened by the increased scrutiny of the LME/MCO system by various counties. It appears that Rutherford County’s switch to Partners has increased the number of patients served and improved patient access by adding more providers to its panel. This is a good thing. However, the number served is not equivalent to quality of care. The behavioral health systems across the country are behind the physical health systems in quality measurement. Rutherford County would be well advised to begin a conversation with Partners about quality metrics that measure clinical outcomes of patients’ treatment. This should be the next step for Rutherford County now that it “has a place at the table” and be a a topic of discussion in the current negotiations the counties mentioned in this article are having with their LME/MCO partners.

  2. Melissa Martin says

    Mental health care is so important. Now more than ever. If your low income or no-income “while awaiting SSDI process”,you understand. Having Mental health disorders and having to beg for help is unacceptable. State funded facilities will get you in fast for an assessment. Assessment is just a counselor typing your information. By this point many people need to talk !Actually seeing and speaking with a psychiatrist will be 3-6 month’s longer. That’s terrible! That wait sometimes can make or break a person. Meanwhile your relationship’s with spouse,children,etc suffer!Being told just hold it in for few more month’s till you can speak to psychiatrist, not healthy. Then again we’re nowhere near healthy. NC State funded programs are poorly ran. When is someone going to step-up and help NC mentally disabled people?

    • Rose Hoban says

      This is been a longstanding challenge in NC – funding for mental health. We’ve written dozens, if not hundreds, of stories about it over the years. I hope you take some time to explore our coverage!

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