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Alliance Behavioral Healthcare to become Alliance Health

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DURHAM — Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the public behavioral health managed-care organization for Johnston, Durham, Wake and Cumberland counties, is changing its name to Alliance Health. The new name will be incorporated gradually into Alliance’s informational materials and media.

“Alliance Health better reflects our future in North Carolina’s public healthcare landscape,” said Alliance CEO Rob Robinson. “It speaks to the integrated whole-person care — physical, behavioral and pharmacy — that we will be providing for the individuals we serve.”

As part of the Medicaid transformation, over the next few years North Carolina will create two new kinds of health plans that will serve most Medicaid and N.C. Health Choice beneficiaries, including individuals currently served by the state’s managed-care organizations. These plans will be referred to as standard plans and tailored plans.

Standard plans will provide physical and behavioral health care, along with pharmacy services, to people with lower-intensity behavioral health needs. The current timeline calls for standard plans to take effect in late 2019 through early 2020.

Tailored plans will serve people with more severe mental illnesses, substance use disorders and long-term needs including intellectual/developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. The tailored plans will provide integrated physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy services to their members. Alliance Health anticipates being chosen to operate a tailored plan. The current timeline calls for tailored plans to take effect in mid-2021.

According to Robinson, there will be no changes in the Alliance provider network associated with the name change, and people’s contacts at Alliance are not changing.

Individuals will receive full information about future changes regarding their health plan well in advance of those changes. More information about Medicaid transformation is available on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website at

Alliance is a public behavioral health managed-care organization, or MCO, with responsibility for the authorization of services for more than 439,000 Medicaid-eligible and uninsured individuals and a population of 1.8 million in Johnston, Durham, Wake and Cumberland counties. It partners with a network of more than 2,000 private providers.