Monarch, Cardinal Innovations partner to offer crisis services for youth

In response to the RFPs issued by DHHS, Cardinal Innovations – in partnership with providers of crisis services and community stakeholders – prepared four applications that reflect local priorities for crisis care across its 16 counties. In addition to the Mecklenburg Region proposal that received the grant, Cardinal Innovations also proposed working with organizations in its Southern and Northern regions to expand walk-in crisis capability and add observation chairs, allowing for monitoring or treatment of individuals while placement is located or the crisis is deescalated.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with Cardinal Innovations and others to develop North Carolina’s first child-adolescent Facility-Based Crisis program,” said Monarch’s Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Brown, MSW, LCSW. “This innovative facility will serve as a diversion point for children and adolescents away from emergency departments and inpatient hospitalization and is a critical addition to the system of care in Mecklenburg County. This partnership is an example of the way a community can work together to provide the necessary care for individuals with very complex needs.”

Approximately 13 percent of youth live with a serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Only about 20 percent of these youth get the treatment they need. Instead, they often end up in the juvenile justice system, where 70 percent of youth are living with one or more psychiatric disorders.

Nicole McKinney, Cardinal Innovations’ Vice President of Community Operations for the Mecklenburg Region, said, “We have spent the last few months extensively examining ways to strengthen our crisis continuum of care here in Mecklenburg County for both children and adults. We are so excited to be given the opportunity to pioneer the launch of a child and adolescent facility based crisis center here in Mecklenburg County and in North Carolina. It will add a critical piece to our crisis continuum puzzle. We are very fortunate to partner with committed community stakeholders that have supported this effort with us. I especially commend Monarch for their leading efforts with the new center and look forward to fitting more community pieces into the puzzle that will support Cardinal Innovations’ purpose to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and their families.”

Monarch is a nonprofit organization that supports thousands of people statewide with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency provides services and supports to people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is certified by the DHHS as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) for mental health and substance abuse services. Monarch also operates The Arc of Stanly County, a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about Monarch, visit or call (866) 272-7827.

To learn more about the people Cardinal Innovations helps, visit For more information about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, visit To view Cardinal’s official release, click here.

Media contacts: Natasha A. Suber, Monarch, (704) 986-1582
                                Rachel Porter, Cardinal Innovations, (704) 939-7705