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House Budget Passed

May 6, 2019

The House unveiled their budget proposal on Monday, April 29th and passed the budget by the end of the week.  This is a significant step in moving toward a budget agreement for the biennium of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021.  As reported earlier, there has been a lot of discussion already amongst legislative…

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Legislative Report Does Not Require Regionalization of DSS Offices

March 19, 2019

In 2017, the General Assembly passed Session Law 2017-41, legislation to address ways to strengthen and restructure the social service and child welfare system in North Carolina, to that end, the Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) was created to make recommendations for NC DHHS and the General Assembly on delivering optimal…

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Healthy Opportunities Pilots to Further Whole Person Care

February 28, 2019

As a part of the Medicaid 1115 waiver application, NC DHHS submitted a “Healthy Opportunities” pilot. The pilot was approved along with the Medicaid 1115 waiver. This pilot brings an exciting prospect for achieving an important aspect of whole person care because it allows for Medicaid/Health Choice reimbursement in four areas of Social Determinants of…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Creates Trauma-Informed Options for Children

The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law by Congress on February 9, 2018, could drastically change the child welfare system by putting more of an emphasis on prevention and using a trauma-informed approach to develop service and support plans for children at-risk of entering foster care or children already placed in foster care….