Smoky Mountain Center plans consolidated board for region

From the Asheville Citizen-Times

Twenty-three Western North Carolina counties will be asked to consider a new consolidated board to oversee Smoky Mountain Center.

But the new board is likely to face opposition as some counties worry about losing their voice on the board. … Smoky Mountain Center now manages Medicaid and state-funded mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disability services in 23 WNC counties.

Changes required by state law mean the new board will have just 21 members, with some of those seats designated for people with a specific area of expertise or background.

Smoky Mountain and Western Highlands Network agreed to consolidate the two organizations earlier this year, and the two boards will also be consolidated. …

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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