Our Mission Statement & Core Values
We recognize and believe that for ordered services to be effective in meeting people’s needs, those services must be sufficient in amount, duration and scope, and that the rates paid to providers must also be sufficient to assure quality and continuity of care. Only by analyzing proposed legislative and regulatory changes can providers know how to advocate and inform General Assembly Members and administrative branch leaders. Hopefully with the continuing guidance of the NC Providers Council, these tenets of a quality, community-based service system will endure as Medicaid Transformation moves forward. People with the most severe medical and behavioral challenges and other MH/IDD/SUD service needs must have access to services that are adequately funded and support them in living as independently as possible in their communities across North Carolina.
Our History & Background
The North Carolina Providers Council was incorporated as a 501(C)(6) in 1997 in an effort to coordinate providers of mental health, intellectual/developmental disability, and substance use disorder services (MH/IDD/SUD). The Council initially started as a volunteer organization, but in 2004 hired Bob Hedrick, M.A. Ed. as its first full time Executive Director and lobbyist. Bob served as Executive Director for 15 years. The Council was North Carolina’s first association to establish an ethical standard for MH/IDD/SUD providers, a standard that promoted putting all other issues aside to focus on working together on behalf of the people being supported and ensuring the quality of and access to community-based services.
Our Current Projects & Mental Health Initiatives
With our active involvement at the General Assembly through Maynard and Associates, collaboration with numerous Divisions of DHHS – including participation in statewide workgroups and Committees, and an ongoing, constructive dialogue with Standard Plan and LME/MCO leadership, the association advocates for providers and the people who we support.