AN ACT AMENDING STATUTES PERTAINING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAWS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES AND OTHER MODIFICATIONS TO STATUTES PERTAINING TO MEDICAID, CHILD SUPPORT, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, ASSISTED LIVING, THE STATE CONSUMER AND FAMILY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS, ADOPTIONS, AND CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Changes the act's long title.
Deletes all proposed changes in previous Part III, which amended GS 122C-80, GS 131D-10.3A, GS 131D-10.6, and GS 143B-932 to require criminal record checks of employees of child care institutions.
Deletes the proposed changes to GS 122C-3, which modified the definition of developmental disability and added security recordings and traumatic brain injury to the defined terms.
Deletes proposed GS 122C-56.1, which provided that a state facility is not required to disclose its security recordings to a client or to the client's next of kin or legally responsible person unless disclosure is required under federal law or compelled by a court.
Makes clarifying changes to Section 5.1(b) (previously, Section 6.3(b)), concerning the terms and appointment of State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee members notwithstanding the proposed changes to GS 122C-171 regarding the same.
Makes organizational change to the act, placing the repeal of Article 32, GS Chapter 90 (Employee Assistance Professionals) in its own Part.
Adds a new Part, amending GS 48-3-303 to make organizational changes to the preplacement assessment report of a prospective adoptive parent prior to the placement of a minor, moving an individual's date of birth to be included with the individual's physical and mental health rather than with the individual's nationality, race, ethnicity and religious preference. Removes nationality, race, ethnicity, and religious preference from the information in the preplacement assessment report the agency must review and evaluate to determine the individuals's strengths and needs (was, strengths and weaknesses) to be an adoptive parent.
Adds another new Part, amending GS 7B-309, adding persons providing information or assistance to those granted immunity for reporting and cooperating in a protective services assessment. Specifies that providing information or assistance includes medical evaluations or consultation in connection with a report, investigation, or legal intervention pursuant to a good faith report of child abuse or neglect. Makes clarifying and technical changes. Effective July 1, 2019.
Makes conforming organizational and clarifying changes to the act.