The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 23, 2013

Monarch to provide services, manage homes for people with disabilities in Johnston County


Friday, August 23, 2013 — Monarch officials recently announced the agency is expanding its services and will soon manage and operate several existing group homes in Johnston County.

Monarch currently provides services and support statewide to thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The Albemarle-based agency was asked by The Arc of North Carolina’s Housing Development Services, Johnston County Mental Health Center and Alliance Managed Care Organization (MCO) to assume management of three homes located in Smithfield, Four Oaks and Pine Level. Monarch will provide support to the approximately 15 residents with intellectual and development disabilities – and families – of those homes.

“We are thrilled and grateful Monarch was selected to provide an expansion of services to Johnston County,” said Dr. Peggy Terhune, Monarch’s chief executive officer.

“The opportunity to assume these homes and provide support to the residents and families in this county allows our organization to fulfill the mission to expand quality services and provide more access to care to people who need our services. I look forward with confidence as we continue our commitment to support people living with mental illness, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Monarch assumed services and management of the homes from Johnston County Group Homes (JCGH) on Aug. 19.

Melissa Hall, a regional director at Monarch, will oversee the agency’s operations in Johnston County. Terhune and Hall said people who received services from JCGH will not experience a disruption of services and the homes will remain in the existing locations.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve the individuals in this area,” Hall said.

“We have met the families, guardians, staff and individuals.  We are optimistic about developing positive relationships, helping people reach their dreams and welcoming them into the Monarch family.”

For more information about Monarch’s new sites and services in Johnston County, contact Melissa Hall, regional director, at (910) 895-8466 or