Mental Health

Rutherford County Mental Health LME/MCO Disengagement Plan

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North Carolina law permits a county to choose its mental health Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO). On April 9, 2018, the Rutherford County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to disengage from its current LME/MCO, Vaya Health, to realign with Partners Behavioral Health Management. Rutherford County is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the residents who have chosen our county as their home.  It is in consideration of this strategic goal, that your Rutherford County Board of County Commissioners chose to pursue a relationship with Partners Behavioral Health Management to manage our citizens’ behavioral health services funded by federal, state and county dollars, including Medicaid.  Partners is a Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), which is a governmental entity that manages the county’s mental health, intellectual/developmental disability and substance use services. 

Rutherford County seeks public comment on this Disengagement Plan.  For 60 days from the posting of this Disengagement Plan on our website at, public comment is welcome and encouraged by email to or by mail addressed to:

Rutherford County Manager

ATTN:  LME/MCO Realignment

289 N. Main St.

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Following this public comment period, the County will post all responses for an additional 30 days.  Rutherford County will take into consideration feedback received. In keeping with our dedication to transparency, both Rutherford County and Partners commit to keeping the public informed during this process, including public meetings, information and listening sessions with key stakeholders and groups, and more.