Call for Nominations to Cardinal Innovations Board

On Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) temporarily assumed leadership of Cardinal Innovations, an LME-MCO authorized under state law to provide essential behavioral services using public funds. DHHS has taken over responsibility for all LME functions.

In addition, the department revoked Cardinal’s alternative board structure, necessitating a reconstituting of the board. DHHS and County Commissioners in the Cardinal catchment area will appoint new board members in compliance with the statutory requirements of N.C. G.S. 122C-118.1. To stabilize Cardinal and begin the process of restoring public trust in the organization, DHHS has asked that new board members be appointed by Dec. 15.

Those interested in serving on the Cardinal Board should submit a resume, cover letter and up to three letters of support to by Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Individuals will be able to self-nominate for a position on the Cardinal Board. In addition, those selected to serve on the Nominating Committee shall also be eligible to be nominated to serve on the newly constituted Cardinal Board.

Cover letters accompanying nominations to serve on the Cardinal Board should include the qualifications of the individual nominee, with specific emphasis on the legislated mandated roles and skills for an effective board, as outlined in NC General Statute § 122C-118.1.

DHHS and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners will convene a Nominating Committee – representatives from the 20 Cardinal counties -- the week of Dec. 11, 2017. The specific date and location of this meeting will be provided at a later date. At this meeting the Nominating Committee will review the applicants and select board members that best represent the counties, while ensuring compliance with statutory requirements.

Please direct questions about this process to Sarah Pfau from the North Carolina Medicaid team at