AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY TO ESTABLISH THE CENTER FOR TELEMEDICINE AND DIGITAL HEALTHCARE ACCESS AND TO EXPAND THE STATEWIDE TELEPSYCHIATRY PROGRAM.
Appropriates $2 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors to establish the Center for Telemedicine and Digital Healthcare Access (Center) at East Carolina University (ECU) to deliver patient care and service to unserved and underserved areas, offer education and training for healthcare providers, and enhance research capacity in areas such as clinical outcomes, social determinants of health, implementation, science and technology innovation. Specifies that the funds must be used for four specified purposes, including personnel costs, purchase of space and technology, school telehealth clinics, and administrative costs.
Appropriates $1 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Central Management and Support, Office of Rural Health, to be allocated to the ECU Center for Telepsychiatry and e-Behavioral Health for the statewide telepsychiatry program known as NC-STeP, to expand access to telepsychiatry services through NC-STeP for students and employees at up to four additional UNC constituent institutions.
Effective July 1, 2022.