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Disability groups merge

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two North Carolina groups that provide services to people with disabilities merged Jan. 1.

C.L. Cochran, executive director of Raleigh-based UCP of North Carolina, is president and CEO of the group formed by UCP’s merger with Charlotte-based Carolinas’ Caring Connection.

Barry Pollack, the Charlotte group’s CEO, joins the UCP management team as senior executive vice president, and all of the Charlotte group’s senior management and program staff are joining UCP.

UCP, an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Associations, has an annual budget of $17 million and provides programs for children, adults and families with disabilities in 58 North Carolina counties, and for their families.

Carolinas’ Caring Connection, which has an annual budget of $7 million, is the largest North Carolina provider of respite care for families of people with disabilities and also provides home-based and community-based services for people with disabilities. The group serves Mecklenburg and eight nearby counties.

Each organization employs about 500 people and serves about 1,000 clients. Both staffs are being kept intact.

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