Bill Summary for H 891 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO ACHIEVE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY RESULTS BY SUPPORTING PEER-RUN RECOVERY WELLNESS CENTERS, BY CREATING A NORTH CAROLINA MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY AGENDA, AND BY REQUIRING A MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY POLICY CHIEF WITHIN THE DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.Intro. by Autry, Ball, Belk.
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Appropriates $600,000 for 2023-24 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS), to be allocated to the Promise Resource Network for the establishment of four peer-run wellness centers (located in two different urban and two different rural locations) to address mental health crisis prevention and post-crisis response. Requires a report by September 1, 2024, on the establishment of the centers to the specified NCGA committee; specifies what is to be included in the report.
Changes the title of Part 4 of Article 3 of GS Chapter 143B to "Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services."
Adds new Part 37, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, in Article 3, providing as follows. Establishes the position of Mental Health Recovery Policy Chief (Chief) in DMH/DD/SAS, to be held by an individual certified as a peer support specialist. Requires the Chief to ensure that mental health recovery values and outcomes are drivers of State policy and work to engage knowledgeable individuals who have experienced mental health recovery and external experts to inform the DMH/DD/SAS. Requires DMH/DD/SAS, in odd numbered years, to publish a biennial NC Mental Health Recovery and Resiliency Agenda on its website, which will set DHHS objectives for mental health recovery outcomes. Requires the Agenda to include short-term and long-term objectives and track work done by the DHHS to meet the objectives from the prior Agenda. Requires the Chief to ensure that individuals with personal experiences of mental health recovery inform the development of each NC Mental Health Recovery and Resiliency Agenda. Recodifies GS 143B-150.1 (Use of funds for North Carolina Child Treatment Program) as GS 143B-216.92, and places it under this new Part.
Appropriates $100,000 in recurring funds for 2023-24 and that same amount in recurring funds for 2024-25 from the General Fund to DMH/DD/SAS to fund the salary and benefits for the Mental Health Recovery Policy Chief.
Effective July 1, 2023.