The Board accepted $1.2 million dollars from Cardinal Innovations that will be used to create a mental health diversion and restoration center. The plan is to create a public-private partnership that will operate the center with the county providing the infrastructure and upkeep. County Manager Bryan Hagood detailed for the Board the timeline of The Stepping Up Initiative and the commitment of this group of leaders over the last year and a half, and their relentless work towards a Diversion and Restoration Center in Alamance County. He also mentioned the team’s visit to San Antonio Texas in November, the business plan for the center that was presented to Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, along with this request for funding of 1.2 million dollars that would make possible this vision for the center. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Interim CEO, Trey Sutton was on hand as was Ric Bruton, Cardinal Senior Executive for Alamance County. Commissioner Bob Byrd and DSS Director Susan Osborne, also highlighted the commitment of the county to support those with mental illnesses.