Bill Summary for S 861 (2021)

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May 27 2022

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Senate Bill 861 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 26, 2022
AN ACT TO FACILITATE APPROPRIATE PLACEMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT NEEDS THROUGH THE USE OF THE NORTH CAROLINA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BED REFERRAL SYSTEM, TO BE KNOWN AS THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH STATEWIDE CENTRAL AVAILABILITY NAVIGATOR OR BH SCAN.
Intro. by Burgin.

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Enacts GS 122C-32, mandating specified facilities to participate in the Behavioral Health Statewide Central Availability Navigator (BH SCAN), including identified categories of child residential services facilities; community inpatient psychiatric units and hospitals; facilities that provide facility-based crisis services, nonhospital medical detoxification services, social setting detoxification services, or youth facility-based crisis services; psychiatric residential treatment facilities; and State-operated alcohol and drug treatment centers or psychiatric hospitals. Specifies criteria to satisfy the BH SCAN participation requirement, including daily connection, daily updates to bed availability, and time updates to any operational or admission information. Provides for a fine of $100 per day for noncompliance. Authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to waive the fine for no-fault technical complications resulting in noncompliance. Effective October 1, 2022.

Appropriates $100,000 from the General Fund to DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services to facilitate connections to the BH SCAN and to communicate the requirements of the act. Effective July 1, 2022.