AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A PILOT PROJECT FOCUSED ON STANDARDIZED SCREENING AND ASSESSMENTS FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Includes whereas clauses. Creates a pilot project to develop a standardized process for every child that is four years and older entering into foster care to receive a standardized trauma- and evidence-informed screening and assessment to ensure proper diagnosis and services. Requires participation of up to three LME/MCOs. Details requirements of participating LME/MCOs, including collaboration with their county departments of social services to begin training for implementation of the standardized assessment by July 1, 2019, and begin conducting the assessments by February 1, 2020. Requires the pilot to include support for training in trauma-focused care and the use of the screening and assessment tool. Requires the pilot to provide certain oversight and training to providers to ensure consistent use of the standardized model. Defines trauma. Requires the Division of Social Services to report to the specified NCGA committee by December 1, 2021, including specified data for each participating county.
Appropriates to the Division of Social Service from the General Fund $80,000 for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and $150,000 for the 2020-21 fiscal year to implement the pilot project.
Effective July 1, 2019.
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