Health chief: Progress underway at mental health agency

January 16, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s top health official says she’s pleased with changes underway at a regional mental health agency her department took over temporarily following a string of spending and executive compensation decisions slammed by auditors and lawmakers.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen updated a General Assembly oversight committee Tuesday on what’s happening at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. The Cardinal board of directors was replaced last month but Cohen says the 20 members have not yet been seated while they received training.

Cohen did not give a specific date when Cardinal’s new board and its executive team would formally take the agency’s reins again but says the time is getting close. She says top Cardinal management is developing a corrective plan designed to ensure past problems don’t recur.

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