NCCARE360, a statewide coordinated care network connecting people to local services and resources, announced this week that NCServes – North Carolina’s network of public, private and non­profit organizations helping military families – is merging resources with NCCARE360 this summer.

According to Jeff Smith, the military and veterans program liaison for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, this union is expected to lead to better delivery of services for military families across the state.

“Unifying the technology and resources of NCCARE360 and NCServes brings an improved experience for North Carolina’s military community,” Smith stated in a Thursday, July 1 press release. “By joining forces, we will increase the number of resources available to our active-duty service members, veterans and their families.”

In 2015, NCServes was created, “to connect military service members, veterans, and military families with providers and resources for which they are eligible.”

 With this merger of services, NC Serves network partners will now have access to all of NCCARE360’s features and data ­– which is meant to help the group serve military families better.

Implementation of the change is currently underway, and the combined network launch is expected to come in mid-July.

Kelly Calabria, the president and CEO of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation said that this union should be a very big positive for military families in the state.

“Joining these two robust resource platforms will not only provide improved access to services and resources for our state’s military families,” Calabria said. “But the partnership builds on NCCARE360’s mission to better address the health needs of all North Carolinians.”

NCCARE360 and NCServes are inviting. all of its current network partners and interested organizations to register to take part in a community chat on June 14 at 3 p.m., or on June 16 at 10 a.m. to learn more.