AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES, TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FACILITIES LICENSED TO ACCEPT STATE-COUNTY SPECIAL ASSISTANCE.
Appropriates $19,872,000 in nonrecurring funds for each of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services (DSS) to provide temporary assistance to facilities licensed to accept State-County Special Assistance payments (facility), as defined. Restricts use of the funds to the provisions of temporary financial assistance in the form of a monthly payment to the facilities on behalf of each resident who is a recipient of State-County Special Assistance, a program authorized by GS 108A-40. Requires counties to pay 50% of the cost of providing the monthly payments to the facilities. Details requirements and limitations for the monthly payments, including setting the payment amount at $184 per month for each facility resident as of the first day of the month who is a recipient of State-County Special Assistance, and limiting the period of the prescribed monthly payments from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021. Terminates the monthly payments on the earlier of June 30, 2021, or upon depletion of the State and county funds allocations to DSS for each year of the 2019-21 fiscal year for that purpose.
Directs DSS to use an existing mechanism for administration of the funds in the lease restrictive, timely, and accurate manner. Allows DSS to use up to $250,000 in nonrecurring funds for each year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium for administrative purposes in implementing the act.
Clarifies that nothing in the act obligates legislative appropriations or an entitlement to receive assistance under the act.
Effective July 1, 2019, and expires on June 30, 2021.