Bill Summaries: S555 (2019-2020 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 8 2019 - View summary

    Modifies GS 143B-811 to require the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to annually evaluate intensive intervention services (rather than community programs and multipurpose group homes). Specifies that intensive intervention services are evidence-based or research-supported community-based or residential services necessary for a juvenile in order to prevent the juvenile's commitment to a youth development center or detention facility, or facilitate the juvenile's successful return to the community following commitment. Makes conforming changes.

    Amends GS 143B-846, which requires each county board of commissioners to appoint a Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (County Council). Modifies the required membership of each County Council to include the designee of the chief of police as an alternative to the chief of police, the director of the area Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) or that person's designee (instead of the director of the area mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse authority or that person's designee), and two persons under the age of 21 years, or one person under the age of 21 years and one member of the public representing the interests of families of at-risk juveniles (instead of two persons under the age of 18 years, one of whom is a member of the State Youth Council).

    Amends GS 143B-849 to now require County Councils to meet at least six times per year rather than bimonthly.

    Amends GS 143B-851 to now require each County Council to biennially rather than annually review the needs of at-risk  or adjudicated juveniles in the county and the resources available to address their needs. Additionally now allows the County Councils to examine the benefits of joint program development between counties and judicial districts (was between counties within the same judicial district).

    The above provisions are effective December 1, 2019.

    Recodifies GS 143B-1104 as GS 143B-853, to now require the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division), rather than the Division of Administration, to annually develop and implement a funding mechanism for programs that meet the standards developed under Subpart F, Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils, Part 3, Article 13. Adds to the requirements that the guidelines to allow awards be provided in amounts that fund two years of services for programs that meet the requirements of the statute and have been awarded funds in a prior funding cycle, in the discretion of the Division. Requires the Juvenile Justice Section and DPS to annually report to the specified NCGA subcommittees on the results of the intensive intervention services, as described (was, on alternatives to certain commitment demonstration programs). Makes conforming and technical changes. 

    For the 2019-21 fiscal biennium, deems funds appropriated to the Division for the biennium that are provided to County Councils to be used for alternative commitment and Level 2 dispositional alternatives to now be known as funds for intensive intervention services to be used for the purpose of providing intensive intervention services for juveniles of any disposition level, based on the needs of the juvenile as ordered under GS 7B-2506. Requires the Division to conduct an open-bid award process to determine allocation of County Council funds among counties. Provides for the Division's selection and number of recipients, as well as award amounts, upon the consideration of commitment rates, disposition levels, and criminogenic needs of juveniles served, programs that target rural juveniles, diverse statewide geographic representation, and programs utilizing county collaboration.

    Effective July 1, 2019.