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Chief Medical Office for Behavioral Health and IDD


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


North Carolinians will have access to high-quality integrated behavioral, developmental, and physical health services across their lifespan and across settings.


  1. Employ evidence-based, equitable, and consistent medical policies and procedures 
  2. Embrace the tenets of highly-reliable organizations to ensure patient and staff safety
  3. Improve communication and collaboration within and across the behavioral health and IDD system including external partners
  4. Provide prompt consultation on identified acute risks to individuals with behavioral health and IDD needs
  5. Assist with Medicaid Transformation to ensure the specialized needs of behavioral health and IDD populations are met

Medical Leadership Team

  • 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

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