AN ACT TO AMEND VARIOUS ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND DEPENDENCY LAWS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS AND EXPEDITE PERMANENCY PLANNING HEARINGS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE HOME; TO CLARIFY THE NONCARETAKER DEFINITION FOR THE RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS LIST; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES, TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO IMPLEMENT A CENTRALIZED HOTLINE FOR CHILD WELFARE INTAKE; TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO INCREASE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS; AND TO PROVIDE SAFE AND APPROPRIATE PLACEMENT FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
House committee substitute to the 2nd edition adds the following new content.
Amends GS 115C-12, which sets out the State Board of Education's (Board) powers and duties, by adding the duty to, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, adopt a rule requiring information on child abuse and neglect, including age-appropriate information on sexual abuse, to be provided by public school units to students in grades 6-12. Specifies that the rule also applies to high schools under the control of UNC. Requires the information to be provided in a document given to students at the beginning of each school year and displayed in visible, high-traffic areas throughout each school. Sets out the minimum information that must be included.
Amends the following statutes and session law to require local boards of education, charter schools, regional schools, laboratory schools and renewal school systems to implement the rule addressing student awareness of child abuse and neglect adopted by the State Board pursuant to GS 115C-12(47): GS 115C-47; GS 115C-218.75; GS 115C-238.66; GS 116-239.8; and Section 6 of SL 2018-32. Enacts GS 116-69.2 and amends GS 116-235, charging the School of the Arts and the School of Science and Math with the same.
Changes the act's long title.