Chief Medical Office for Behavioral Health and IDD

Mission

To guide the development and implementation of well-integrated, high quality systems of medical care for North Carolinians with behavioral health needs and IDD.

Vision

We envision a health system for individuals with behavioral health and IDD needs that: 

  • Employs evidence-based, consistent medical policies and procedures 
  • Embraces the tenets of highly-reliable organizations to ensure patient safety
  • Exhibits improved communication and collaboration, both internally and externally
  • Promptly identifies acute risks to individuals with behavioral health and IDD needs

DHHS Values

People-Focused
Focus on the people we serve, deliver value and make a positive impact on their lives and communities.

Teamwork
We are all one department, one team, working toward one goal: to improve the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians.

Proactive Communication
Maintain an open and trusting environment for collaboration and continuous improvement with our team, stakeholders and the people we serve.

Transparency
Share expertise, information and honest feedback within the Department and with stakeholders and the community. Ask for help when needed.

Stewardship
Be good stewards of resources and time to create a positive impact for those we serve.

Joy
Have joy and balance at work so we all bring our A-game when serving the people of North Carolina.

Purpose

For North Carolina’s behavioral health and IDD system, we will:

  1. Coordinate and/or advise medical disciplines
  2. Provide medical expertise in program/system development
  3. Set medical policy, procedures and quality metrics
  4. Lead patient safety reviews and trend system data for improvement
  5. Promote strategic cross-divisional/departmental, academic, and other external partnerships
  6. Consult on clinical policy, management of complex cases, and system level access and quality of care
  7. Engage in workforce development

Medical Leadership Team
Chief Medical Office for Behavioral Health and IDD

Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Markita Keaton, DrPH, Special Assistant to the CMO
Keith McCoy, MD FAPA, Senior Medical Advisor
Susan Saik Peebles, MD, Medical Director
Laurael Robichaud, MHSc, PA-C, PASSR Team Supervisor
Angela Black Smith, PharmD, DHA, MHA, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy
Amanda Steeves, MPH, Quality and Patient Safety Manager

Presentations and Media Interviews from Chief Medical Office for Behavioral Health and IDD

Presentations and Media Interviews from Chief Medical Office for Behavioral Health and IDD

“NC Medicaid Transformation”
By Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health and IDD
Ninth Annual NC Community Psychiatrists’ Leadership Network Symposium - Transitioning to North Carolina’s Medicaid Managed Care: WHAT’S NEXT? Symposium hosted by NC AHEC Program and UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
Saturday, May 4, 2019, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Education Matters’ 100th Episode – How Do We Keep Our Children Safe? 
Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health and IDD, was a guest on this special Education Matters’ 100th episode panel discussion recorded with a live studio audience.
WRAL-TV, Education Matters, Public School Forum of North Carolina.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

“Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Action”
By Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health and IDD
10th Annual Communicable Disease Conference: Discovering the Power of Partnerships Conference hosted by Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Friday, April 5, 2019, Asheville, North Carolina

“Revision of North Carolina Laws Pertaining to Involuntary Commitment (IVC) Session Law 2018-33 Senate Bill 630”
By Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health and IDD
Behavioral Health Workgroup, North Carolina Healthcare Association
Thursday, February 7, 2019, Cary, North Carolina