AN ACT REQUIRING OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BOARDS AND STATE AGENCY LICENSING BOARDS TO INFORM THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS OF THE NAME OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR FILING DATA ON APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE SUBMITTED BY MILITARY-TRAINED PERSONS OR MILITARY SPOUSES; PROVIDING THAT LICENSING BOARDS SHALL DETERMINE AN APPLICANT'S STATUS AS MILITARY-TRAINED OR A MILITARY SPOUSE; EXTENDING THE PROTECTIONS AND BENEFITS OF THE INTERSTATE COMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR MILITARY CHILDREN TO THE CHILDREN OF NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS WITHIN THE STATE; EXPANDING THE EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE FOR VETERANS; AND AUTHORIZING COUNTIES AND CITIES TO ENTER INTO INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT AGREEMENTS WITH MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.
Includes whereas clauses.
Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the Independence Fund, Inc. for 2021-22 to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program in Brunswick, Craven, Cumberland, Onslow, Union, and Wayne Counties. Authorizes use of funds to hire or contract a subject matter expert for assessment, coordination, and VJI implementation in each of the designated counties. Lists four required actions of the Independence Fund in conducting the pilot program, including (1) partnering with nonprofits and government agencies to update data collection process maps developed for each county's initial response to veterans in crises, and (2) educating first responders, local community support employees, and others on veteran-specific crises intervention, suicide prevention, and VA resources available. Directs the Independence Fund to report on the effectiveness of the pilot program by June 30, 2022, to the specified NCGA committee and division.
Effective July 1, 2021.
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