TO MAKE CHANGES IN GOVERNANCE OF LOCAL MANAGEMENT ENTITIES WITH RESPECT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STATEWIDE EXPANSION OF THE 1915(B)/(C) MEDICAID WAIVER, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Amends GS 122C-115(a) (concerning duties of counties) to clarify that a county must provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services through an area authority or county program in accordance with statute and with statewide reform of services delivery under a 1915(b)/(c) Medicaid Waiver. Amends GS 122C-116(a) to remove condition that a single county area authority is a department of the county in which the authority is located. Rewrites GS 122C-118.1 (structure of area authority boards) to provide that an area board must have between 11 and 21 voting members (rather than 11 to 25, and up to 30 in certain multicounty authorities) appointed by the board or boards of county commissioners. Modifies the qualifications for board members and requires members to live in the catchment area. Directs all area boards to meet the revised requirements by July 1, 2013. Makes clarifying changes to GS 122C-119.1, requiring annual training for board members, and directs the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the UNC School of Government, and local management entities (LMEs) to develop the training course.
Provides that no member on the Consumer and Family Advisory Committees may serve more than three (rather than two) consecutive terms under GS 122C-170(b). Authorizes area authorities to add one or more counties to their catchment area if a majority of the existing member counties agree.
Prohibits DHHS from approving a county’s request to withdraw from a multicounty area authority operating under a 1915(b)/(c) Medicaid waiver, beginning July 1, 2012, and extending for two years. Requires a process for county disengagement, as detailed, by January 1, 2014. Makes a conforming change to GS 122C-112.1 (duties of Secretary).
Amends GS 122C-147(c) (concerning area authority property) to provide that the area authority (rather than the county) has title to real property purchased for the authority’s use. Amends GS 122C-117 (powers and duties of area authority) to grant authorities the power to borrow money with approval of the Local Government Commission and removes approval requirement for the director appointment. Also modifies the delivery procedure for the authority’s quarterly report. Amends GS 122C-115.2, allowing the Secretary to waive any provisions of the LME business plan requirements that are inconsistent with contracts between DHHS and the area authority. Enacts new GS 122C-126.1 to provide that all competitive health information is confidential and not a public record, with the exception of contracts of area authorities. Sets out the procedure for area authorities to follow after a request for disclosure.
Amends GS 122C-121(a1) to allow the area director a salary in excess of the salary ranges established by the State Personnel Commission. Makes conforming changes to GS 126-5(a) and GS 122C-154 (allowing area authority employees a higher salary).
Amends GS 153A-76 to prohibit a board of county commissioners from consolidating an area board into a consolidated human services board or from abolishing an area board. Makes conforming changes to GS 153A-77 and removes the limitation to counties with populations over 425,000.
Repeals GS 122C-122 (public guardians) and directs any successor guardian to try to continue existing contracts if in the best interest of the incompetent person. Amends GS 35A-1213 (qualifications of guardians for incompetent persons) to add that individuals contracting to provide services to LMEs may not serve as guardians for individuals receiving those services. Makes a clarifying change, and modifies the definition of disinterested public agent in GS 35A-1202. Makes clarifying changes to GS 35A-1292 (resignation of guardian).
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