NC General Assembly Allocates New COVID-19 Funding

March 23, 2021

Two bills have been signed into law that allocate federal COVID-19 funding and appropriate additional funding to address the pandemic in communities.  The most recent bill, SL 2021-3:  2021 COVID-19 Response and Relief was signed into law by the Governor on March 11th.  Some of the provisions include: For the Community Mental Health Block Grant:…


American Rescue Plan Includes BH/SUD/IDD Funding

Congress passed the HR 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and it did include funding for mental health and substance use disorder services as well as home and community based services. Some of the largest allocations for BH/IDD in the American Rescue Plan include: • $1,500,000,000 in funding for block grants for community…


Legislature Begins the Long Session

February 2, 2021

The NC General Assembly officially convened on January 13th and used the first two weeks of the long session to select committee members and appoint chairs.  They reconvened on January 27th and began deliberations.  Bills are slowly being introduced and committee work has not yet gotten underway.  There are some new and familiar leaders in…


NC Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Issues 2020 Final Report

The Task Force was established by Governor Roy Cooper in June 2020 to “focus on addressing existing policies and procedures that disproportionately affect communities of color and developing solutions to ensure racial equity in North Carolina’s criminal justice system.”  They have now issued their 2020 final report.  The report includes recommendations related to the juvenile…


Legislative Wrap-Up of Short Session

July 14, 2020

The NC General Assembly has effectively wrapped up the short session of the 2019-2020 biennium.  With their adjournment on July 11th, any bill that did not get signed into law will now have to be reintroduced in the long session to be considered.  As legislative leaders indicated, there was not one singular budget bill considered…


Senate Moves Medicaid Transformation Bill Along

June 12, 2020

This week, S808, now called Medicaid Funding Act, was substantially changed through a committee substitute that was passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Here is the breakdown of the substitute bill: Related to Medicaid Transformation Changes start date for Standard Plans to no later than July 1, 2021; Authorizes each PHP, including the regional PHP…


NC General Assembly Gears Up for Budget – Medicaid Transformation Bill Introduced

June 5, 2020

“Because it is such a tight fiscal year, we’re going to have to be very fiscally prudent, and any dollars we spend, we spend on absolutely necessary expenses,”  is a quote from NC Rep. Donny Lambeth in a May 26, 2020 article in the News & Observer (https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243008661.html).  His comment was made at a joint…


General Assembly’s Response to COVID-19

April 3, 2020

We are hearing so much information regarding COVID-19 from the Governor, NC DHHS, counties and schools.  We haven’t heard as much from the NC General Assembly.  They are scheduled to return for the short session on April 28th.  There has been some discussion around the State that they may call a special session to specifically…