AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO ESTABLISH A STUDENT HEALTH COLLABORATIVE PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO STUDENTS WHILE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SETTINGS.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services (DSS) $5 million in nonrecurring funds for the 2020-21 fiscal year to establish a one-year student health collaborative pilot program (program). Directs DSS to collaborate with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS) to implement the program by developing criteria to award grants to county departments and public school units to collaborate in assisting students with their mental and physical well-being while in public school settings. Requires recipient county departments and public school units to establish teams of various certified or licensed backgrounds to provide a variety of supports based on students' needs.
Requires DSS to select five counties to participate in the pilot from geographically diverse areas in the State, with representation from two development tier one counties, two development tier two counties, and one development tier three county, as specified in the 2020 Tier Designations. Provides for grants up to $1 million dollars, with local matching required at 30% for tier one counties, 40% for tier two counties, and 50% for the tier three county.
Directs DSS to submit a progress report six months after implementing the program as well as a final report within three months of the program's completion. Requires the reports to be submitted to the specified NCGA committees and division with four required data, including the total project costs and the projected funds needed to expand the program to other counties or statewide.
Effective July 1, 2020.