AN ACT TO RECOMMEND VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE STATE'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Directs the Division of Social Services (Division) to implement the requirements of the federal Program Improvement Plan in order to bring North Carolina into compliance with established national standards for child welfare policy and practices. Directs the Division to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on the implementation and outcomes of implementing the requirements of the Program Improvement Plan. The report is to be submitted semiannually on February 1 and August 1 of each year beginning on August 1, 2016, with a final report due February 1, 2019.
Also directs the Division to develop a statewide strategic plan for Child Protective Services which complements the required federal Program Improvement Plan. States that the strategic plan must at a minimum must address the findings of the NC Statewide Child Protective Services Evaluation as specified. Requires the plan to be submitted to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by December 1, 2016.
Further requires the Division to work towards the completion of the child welfare component of the NC Families Accessing Services Through Technology system (NC FAST). To that end the Division must report quarterly to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on the progress of completing that component, beginning July 1, 2016, and ending with a final report on October 1, 2018. Sets out required components of the quarterly reports, including timelines and progress updates.
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