AN ACT TO ESTABLISH JUDICIALLY MANAGED ACCOUNTABILITY AND RECOVERY COURTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA TO PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT AND CONTINUITY OF CARE FOR THOSE ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 7A-793, which established the NC Judicially Managed Accountability and Recovery Court Program, by adding that a judicially managed accountability recovery court may be established with the consent of the chief district court judge or the senior resident superior court judge.
Amends GS 7A-796 to require that local judicially managed accountability and recovery court committees consist of persons appointed by the senior resident superior court judge with the concurrence of the chief district court judge and the district attorney for that district (previous edition removed the senior resident superior court judge's appointment authority) from the specified list of classes of individuals. Adds judges of the superior court back into the list of those who may be appointed.
Amends proposed GS 7A-802 excluding from the scope of the Article drug treatment courts or judicially managed accountability and recovery courts in existence on or before (was, on or after) July 1, 2019, to the extent that compliance with the Article would disqualify the court from specified grant funding.
Adds a new requirement for the Administrative Office of the Courts, in coordination with each county's district attorney's office, to establish a pilot program in Haywood, Robeson, and Wayne counties that creates judicially managed accountability and recovery courts. Requires a report on the results of the pilot program by the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly upon its convening. Appropriates from the General Fund to the Administrative Office of the Courts $150,000 for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years for each of the three courts in the pilot project. These provisions are effective when the act becomes law.