AN ACT TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO CONDUCT A COMPLIANCE REVIEW FOLLOWING A REPORT OF AN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE BY AN INMATE IN THE CUSTODY OF A LOCAL CONFINEMENT FACILITY IN THE STATE AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Amends GS 153A-225 (medical care for prisoners) by adding subsection (a1) which does the following:
(1) Directs the administrator of a local confinement facility to, within five days of the suicide attempt, report an inmate’s suicide attempt using forms provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the local or district health director and the Secretary of DHHS;
(2) Directs DHHS to, following a reported suicide attempt, review a facilities compliance with its suicide prevention program and other relevant minimum standards DHHS has published for local confinement facilities;
(3) Directs DHHS to make a report following a review of a local confinement facility and submit the report to the local or district health director, the governing body, and others responsible for the facility within 30 days of conducting the review; and
(4) Defines “suicide attempt” for the purposes of the statute.
Appropriates $186,702 in recurring funds from the General Fund to DHHS, Division of Health Services Regulation, Construction Section (Section) in each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to hire two jail inspectors to inspect local confinement facilities as required by GS 153A-222 (local confinement facilities inspections).
Appropriates $110,296 from the General Fund to the Section in recurring funds is each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to the Division to hire a facility compliance consultant to conduct the reviews following a report of an attempted suicide required by GS 153A-225.
The amendments to GS 153A-225 are effective October 1, 2021, and the remainder of the bill’s provisions are effective July 1, 2021.