Funding for Behavioral Health Services

nc-stampHB 536 – Increase Funding for Behavioral Health Services

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Josh Dobson (R – Avery), Rep. Chris Malone (R – Wake), Rep. Larry Potts (R – Davidson), Rep. Becky Carney (D – Mecklenburg),

SB 424 – Increase Funding for Behavioral Health Services

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R – Forsyth), Sen. Louis Pate (R – Wayne),  Sen. Ralph Hise (R – Madison)

This bill was filed jointly in the House and Senate.

This bill would appropriate funds to the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, for establishing new facility-based crisis centers, statewide expansion and continuation of the Community Paramedicine Pilot Program and continuation of the Community Paramedic Mobile Crisis Management Program.

Specifically, the bill would give $2 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to be used to award grants for the establishment of up to two facility-based crisis centers for children. DHHS would be responsible for reporting to the General Assembly the number of grants and the amount of the grants awarded.

Additionally, this bill would give $6.5 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to be used to expand the community paramedicine program pilot statewide. DHHS would be responsible for reporting to the General Assembly the progress of the statewide expansion and the savings broken down by program site.

$225,0000 is appropriated for  the 2017-2018 fiscal year to continue the 13 community paramedic mobile crisis management program sites. DHHS would be responsible for reporting to the General Assembly on the progress of the statewide expansion and the savings broken down by program site.

This bill would become effective on July 1, 2017.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.

 
 

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