House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Increases the appropriation for the Independence Fund, Inc. from $500,000 to $1 million for 2021-22, and now characterizes the funds as a directed grant. Provides further parameters for the use of the funds to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program, now requiring the program to work with the sheriff's departments in the specified counties, now expanded to also include Chatham, McDowell and Nash Counties, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Makes conforming changes. Clarifies that the previously specified requirements of the grantee are conditions of the appropriation of the grant funds. Makes organizational changes. Adds defined terms. Establishes parameters for the directed grant, including requiring disbursement in a single payment within 30 days of the date the act becomes law and providing that the funds do not revert. Adds that the act is to be cited as the "No Veteran Left Behind Act." Changes the effective date of the act to the date the act becomes law (was, July 1, 2021).
Bill H 370 (2021-2022)Summary date: Apr 21 2021 - View summary
Bill H 370 (2021-2022)Summary date: Mar 23 2021 - View summary
Includes whereas clauses.
Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Independence Fund, Inc. for 2021-22 to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program in Brunswick, Craven, Cumberland, Onslow, Union, and Wayne Counties. Authorizes use of funds to hire or contract a subject matter expert for assessment, coordination, and VJI implementation in each of the designated counties. Lists four required actions of the Independence Fund in conducting the pilot program, including (1) partnering with nonprofits and government agencies to update data collection process maps developed for each county's initial response to veterans in crises, and (2) educating first responders, local community support employees, and others on veteran-specific crises intervention, suicide prevention, and VA resources available. Directs the Independence Fund to report on the effectiveness of the pilot program by June 30, 2022, to the specified NCGA committee and division.
Effective July 1, 2021.