Issued: January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen have stated that helping local health departments, hospitals, and other health care providers get vaccines in arms as quickly and equitably as possible remains the top priority. The state is continuing to see a steady increase in vaccination rates, which is expected to continue.

NCDHHS is working with communities to stand up large-scale vaccination events in the coming days. Remember, because of how vaccines are shipped, the timing of those shipments, and the amount of vaccine available, most sites have very limited supplies. Therefore, while most of our counties have started vaccinating anyone 75 years and older, and as announced today by NC DHHS vaccines can be delivered to those 65 and over as well as health care workers, there will be a wait for most people.

As this information is continuously evolving, Partners wants to ensure that you are connected to the most up to date information and recommend that you frequently check NC DHHS’ website, particularly these pages:

In addition, NC DHHS has created a suite of communications materials to help you be a spot for accurate information. You can use the resources at to keep members and employees informed about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

We will continue to post information to our COVID 19 website to ensure our providers are up to date on information as soon as possible.

Thank you for all you do to care for our shared members.

Roundtable Discussion: Child Specialty Residential Care Providers

Jan. 21, 2021, 10 a.m.-noon – Click here to register

Partners is engaged in a participatory planning effort to improve and increase network capacity for a continuum of specialized child residential services designed to meet our diverse youth population’s needs. As part of this initiative, Partners is requesting your organization’s support and assistance to collect the critical feedback needed from child residential providers who reinforce the value of serving youth within our communities in a well-coordinated system of care which is:

  • seamless for youth/families
  • culturally competent
  • standardized in terms of multi-disciplinary assessment
  • outcome driven
  • cost effective
  • collaborative in building upon partnerships with providers in sustaining quality services.

Partners is inviting all child service providers who can provide a range of services to specialized populations including but not limited to youth with co-existing mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities, sexual offender disorders, ASD and behavioral concerns to attend our roundtable discussion on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10 a.m.-noon, to discuss/develop interventions and supports needed to overcome existing barriers to successful service implementation.

We are requesting the attendance of representatives from organizations that are qualified and/or interested in providing community-based child residential services for our youth with specialized needs in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Surry and Yadkin counties who meet the level of care criteria for children with complex needs, for a continuum of these residential settings.

The purpose of this event is for Partners staff and provider representatives to work together to develop solutions and interventions that will address the challenges/barriers in delivering child specialty residential care.

Please direct any questions regarding the roundtable to Lisa Jordan,