Rutherford County, North Carolina is switching to align with a new behavioral health local management entity-managed care organization (LME/MCO) — Partners Behavioral Health Management (Partners) — effective July 1, 2019. LME/MCOs are governmental entities unique to North Carolina that manage county, state, and Medicaid funds for mental health, intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) and substance use disorder services. The county is currently aligned with Vaya Health. On December 28, 2018, the county was notified that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had approved its request to disengage from Vaya Health to align with Partners. The . . .