AN ACT TO REVISE THE STATE PLAN FOR MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TO ENSURE THE STATE DEVELOPS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN THAT PROVIDES A MISSION, A VISION, GOALS, OBJECTIVES, OVERSIGHT, AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THIS STATE.
Provides legislative findings regarding the need for a comprehensive behavioral heath plan.
Enacts GS 122C-102A to require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop and implement a State Comprehensive Plan for Behavioral Health Services (Comprehensive Plan), defined by the statute to include mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury services. Establishes that the Comprehensive Plan's purpose is to provide a framework to ensure oversight of State-funded behavioral health services managed by LME/MCOs and health care providers. Requires the Comprehensive Plan to be annually submitted to the specified NCGA committee by January 31. Mandates that the Comprehensive Plan be implementable and requires DHHS to facilitate cooperation and support from LME/MCOs, county programs, service providers, and consumers in developing the objectives of the Plan. Prohibits DHHS from adopting or implementing policies inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Identifies five required components of the Comprehensive Plan, including a mission statement, a 10-year future vision, three-year goals, 12-month objectives, and activities to be undertaken to achieve the specified mission, vision, goals and objectives. Requires DHHS to complete an assessment of the current behavioral health system that includes assessment of six system areas, including staffing, training and competency, and coordination and integration of services. Directs DHHS to define outcomes and data to measure Comprehensive Plan progress minimally in the areas of employment, education, homelessness, imprisonment, and social detriments of health.
Requires DHHS to identify and engage the services of a third-party vendor to assist in completion of the Comprehensive Plan in the event DHHS is unable to submit the Comprehensive Plan by the January 31 deadline or will not comply with the requirements of new GS 122C-10A, no later than January 1, in each year the Comprehensive Plan is due. Requires DHHS to report to the specified NCGA committees that the vendor will be completing the Comprehensive Plan and the anticipated completion deadline. Clarifies that no additional funds will be appropriated for these purposes.
Repeals GS 122C-102, GS 122C-3(35d), and GS 122C-3(39), thereby eliminating the required development of a State Plan for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services every three years by DHHS.
Amends GS 122C-3 to define Comprehensive Plan to mean the Plan under new GS 122C-102A. Makes conforming changes to amend GS 122C-55, GS 122C-112.1, and GS 122C-171 to refer to the Comprehensive Plan rather than the State Plan for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
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