AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND THE VETERANS JUSTICE INTERVENTION PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE PROGRAM.
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Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Independence Fund, Inc. for 2021-22 to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program in Brunswick, Craven, Cumberland, Onslow, Union, and Wayne Counties. Authorizes use of funds to hire or contract a subject matter expert for assessment, coordination, and VJI implementation in each of the designated counties. Lists four required actions of the Independence Fund in conducting the pilot program, including (1) partnering with nonprofits and government agencies to update data collection process maps developed for each county's initial response to veterans in crises, and (2) educating first responders, local community support employees, and others on veteran-specific crises intervention, suicide prevention, and VA resources available. Directs the Independence Fund to report on the effectiveness of the pilot program by June 30, 2022, to the specified NCGA committee and division.
Effective July 1, 2021.
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