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A Caring Jamboree

MORGANTON, NC (March 9, 2016) – A Caring Alternative, LLC (ACA) recently hosted its annual Caring Jamboree to
honor employees and review 2015 highlights for the Morganton-based comprehensive care agency.


The 2016 event was held in late February at the Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton.


A Caring Alternative, LLC is a comprehensive care agency providing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in Western North Carolina.  The agency has served as a provider for behavioral health services since 2006.  


The practice operates additional offices in Marion and Asheville and employs over 110 health professionals who serve Alexander, Buncombe, Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, and McDowell counties.


Melaina Rhoney, ACA founder and Chief Executive Officer, opened the celebration with the Top 10 Accomplishments of 2015, all of which reflected its values and its mission to “be the most trusted and valued agency in the community delivering high quality, evidence based, behavioral health services,” she said. 


Rhoney said that ACA’s success has been built on a values-based system that follows three domains: Exceptional Service Delivery; Individual and Professional Development, and Agency Preservation and Growth. 


Overall, Rhoney said, ACA reported 800 new clients into its services in 2015.  Additionally, overall client and stakeholder satisfaction scores were increased from previous years by obtaining the benchmark of 90% or higher.


A key highlight of 2015 was the opening of ACA’s Walk-In Clinics which increase access to care, Rhoney said.


Kristy Smith, Buncombe County Day Treatment Clinician was awarded The 2015 Employee of the Year during the event. Smith was recognized for her diligence and helping her team grow through sustained feedback and promoting individual staff member’s growth.


Another highlight of the night was the presentation of the Value Awards. Recognized were: Awardees of the Exceptional Service Delivery Award, Steve Smith-Burke Peer Support Specialist, Emily Treadway-Buncombe County Day Treatment Lead Qualified Professional, and Donovan Farr-McDowell County Day Treatment Lead Qualified Professional; awardees for Individual and Professional Development included Angelene Fortune-Chief Human Resource Officer, Bianca Miller-Buncombe County Day Treatment Qualified Professional, and Marie Carey-McDowell County Intensive In-home Team Leader;  The awardees for Agency Preservation and Growth included Melody Mitchell-Burke Clinic Outpatient Therapist, Keri Gaylord-McDowell Clinic Outpatient Therapist, and Kim Sasdelli-Buncombe County School-based Services Coordinator. 

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