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CFAC spotlight: Piedmont

Piedmont Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) Chair Beverly Morrow said she first got involved with CFAC about 15 years ago when she was looking for an avenue to advocate for her son, who is diagnosed with severe and persistent schizophrenia.

“He is 54 years old, lives independently but needs supports to maintain his quality of life,” Morrow said. “It has been difficult, but I continually advocate for him and for others to get and keep the services they need, as the behavioral health system is not perfect.”

Morrow has served two and a half terms on the NC MH/IDD/SAS Commission. She also previously served on the Cultural Competence Advisory Committee, Network Provider Advisory Committee, Global Continuous Quality Advisory Committee and the NC Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG). Currently, Morrow is a member of the Innovations Waiver Stakeholder Work Group, the Executive CFAC and is chair of the Piedmont CFAC.

“Being a part of CFAC is very important to me because I believe the system can be better,” Morrow said. “I advocate on behalf of (members) and families in every aspect on the delivery of (mental health), (intellectual and developmental disabilities) and substance use services.”

Morrow said joining a local CFAC is a great way to get involved and share experiences to help make behavioral healthcare better in North Carolina.

“Adhering to NC Stature 122C-270 statutory tasks, which allow the CFAC to have input in the planning and management of the area authority and local behavioral health system is a way to be involved,” she said. “Advocating, commenting and participating make a difference in a real way.”

The most important job of the CFAC is to insure that all action plans and supports lead to a better quality of life for Cardinal Innovations’ members, Morrow said.

Each county in Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s service area is represented by a regional CFAC group. Here are their updates:

The Piedmont CFAC, which Morrow chairs, is comprised of members and their families from Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. This CFAC meets on the third Tuesday of every other month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Milestone Office, 4855 Milestone Ave., Kannapolis, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 15.

Alamance-Caswell CFAC – The Alamance-Caswell CFAC meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at the Alamance-Caswell Community Office, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 22. Upcoming events: The Alamance-Caswell CFAC plans to participate in The Stepping Up Initiative from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 16 in Historic Depot-Downtown Burlington, 200 S. Main St., Burlington, N.C. The purpose is to raise awareness about the number of people with mental illness in jail. Event includes: free hot dogs; Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. while supplies last; and presentations by Jason Vogler, Senior Director of the N.C. Division of MH/DD/SAS, and Kurtis Taylor, Executive Director of Alcohol/Drug Council of NC.

Five County CFAC – The Five County CFAC represents Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties and meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month at the Vance Granville Community College, 210 West Ridgeway St., Warrenton, N.C. The next meeting will be on June 5. The Five County CFAC Mental Health Awareness Month event that was scheduled for May 19 has been canceled.

Mecklenburg CFAC – Meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every other month at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, N.C. The next meet will be on May 17.

OPC CFAC – The OPC CFAC represents Orange, Person and Chatham counties. It meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the OPC Community Office, 201 Sage Road, Suite 300, Chapel Hill, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 17.

Triad CFAC – The Triad CFAC includes members and their family members from Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Rockingham counties. The Triad CFAC meets on the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Triad Community Office, 4045 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 14.

Executive CFAC – Cardinal Innovations’ Executive CFAC includes three representatives from each of the community CFACs. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every other month at Woodbury Park, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meeting will be on June 28.

State CFAC – The State CFAC is comprised of representatives from across the state and includes five local CFAC members from the Cardinal Innovations service area. The State CFAC meets from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Ashby Building on the Dix Campus, 1987 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, N.C. The meeting also can be attended remotely via conference call by dialing 1.888.273.3658 and entering Access Code 2490768#.
If you would like to contact one of your local CFACs to provide input regarding services, service gaps or any other issue, issue, email: memberquestions@cardinalinnovations.org​.
Email CFAC newsletter submissions to corporatecommunications@cardinalinnovations.org.
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