Children with Complex Needs


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will develop and implement a process to identify Children with Complex Needs and link them to diagnostic testing and appropriate services through Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs).

Children with Complex Needs are ages 5 and under 21, with a developmental and/or intellectual disability and a mental health disorder diagnosis who are Medicaid eligible and at risk of not being able to return to or maintain placement in a community setting.

Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Families
FAQs for Providers and LME/MCOs


Assessment Clinic Pre-Screening Form
Assessment Clinic Referral Form




Consumers, families, guardians and stakeholders may contact the LME/MCO 24/7 access number overseeing their county for further information regarding services for Children with Complex Needs.  If consumers, families and guardians experience any barriers to services please contact Rachel Johnson, the Statewide Administrator for Children with Complex Needs, at or 984-236-5050.