Bill Summaries: S859 (2023-2024 Session)

  • Summary date: May 2 2024 - View summary

    Effective July 1, 2024, directs that funds appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health (Division), in the sum of $6.25 million in recurring funds for the 2024-2025 fiscal year for allocation to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a nonprofit organization, will instead be used to support the expansion of evidence-based programs and services administered by DHHS that support maternal and infant health. Section 9H.11 of SL 2023-134 (pertaining to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship) is repealed effective July 1, 2024.

    Adds new GS 131E-269.5 (reporting requirements for crisis pregnancy centers [CPP’s]) requiring CPP’s that are a recipient or subrecipient of any amount of State financial assistance to submit a report to DHHS and the specified NCGA committee within 60 days after the end of the fiscal that the CPP received assistance. Lists eleven required components of the report, including: an explanation of all services provided at the center and what services were most frequently sought at the center, broken down by location if the center conducts business or provides services at more than one location; an explanation of whether the center enrolls women in any public benefits programs or connects women to other services and, if so, identification of which programs and services; the nature of information provided to clients or potential clients at the center and an explanation of whether the center has operational manuals, handbooks, or guidelines related to the provision of services to clients; and a description of any health or other information the center collects from women accessing the services of the center, how the center stores and uses medical and other client records, and whether the medical records are in compliance with federal and State law governing medical privacy. Defines CPPfiscal year, state financial assistance, and state funds. Applies to any CPP that receives State financial assistance on or after July 1, 2019.