Privatizing mental health

CenterPoint separating administrative and clinical functions.

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. [05.25.04] — CenterPoint Human Services is separating its administrative and clinical functions.

By July 1, as a result of a state mandate that aims to privatize the state’s community mental health system, the government agency will have spun off to public, nonprofit and for-profit agencies clinical mental-health care services it has provided in Forsyth, Stokes and Davie counties.

CenterPoint now will manage a network of agencies that serve individuals and families needing services for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.

CenterPoint is moving its management and administration to Republic Square at 4045 University Parkway in Winston-Salem and changing its phone to 336-714-9100.

Until July, people needing clinical services can continue to visit CenterPoint at 725 Highland Avenue or call it at 336-725-7777.

After July 1, services at those locations will be provided by HopeRidge Centers for Behavioral Health, a new nonprofit taking over CenterPoint’s clinical services.

The annual budget for CenterPoint will grow to $46 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 from $44 million this year, says Ron Morton, CEO.

Annual administrative costs will remain at $6 million, while the cost of contracting services to agencies will grow to $40 million from $38 million.

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