Monarch to Operate Sandhills Region Programs

“The cuts put our most vulnerable citizens at risk of losing all or some of their support by the MHDDSA (Mental Health Developmental Disability Substance Abuse) system,” said Peggy Terhune, CEO of Monarch. “In this case, the individuals at risk of losing services will not experience any lapse in service as a result of Sandhills LME’s responsive action and determination of providers.”

This news prompted the Sandhills LME to issue a request for proposal for a provider who has “the experience, clinical leadership, fiscal stability, and organizational capacity to operate and manage all of these services.” Monarch was one of two providers selected to assume operations. The transition from MHA of NC already has begun with several meetings between Monarch staff, former MHA staff, and residents and participants in the aforementioned homes and programs.

Daniel Brown, chief clinical officer for Monarch, says he looks forward to providing the very best level of service from Monarch to the Sandhills Region. “The staff and management that are transitioning to Monarch with these programs have worked hard to make this as seamless as possible for the individuals receiving services. We are excited to have been selected to operate these programs and look forward to furthering a continuum of mental health and substance abuse services within the counties served by the Sandhills LME.”

Tara Alley, a newly appointed program director at Monarch and former Eastern Regional PSR coordinator for Mental Health Association in NC, echoed Brown’s comments saying, “We are pleased with the selection of Monarch by Sandhills LME to operate the programs that provide vital supports and services to individuals in our communities. We look forward to providing quality services to individuals experiencing mental illness and/or substance abuse through the guidance and oversight of Monarch.”

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues throughout North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit organization and is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or visit online at