SB 168 – DHHS Revisions


SB 168 – DHHS Revisions

* This bill was introduced as a PCS in the House Health Committee on June 24, 2020.

Disability Definition

This bill aligns the developmental disability definition with federal law.

Co-Payment Schedule

This bill would allow the co-payment schedule for behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder services to be set without the rule making process.

Involuntary Commitment

This bill would clarify that clinical mental health counselors can perform first examinations for involuntary commitment.


This language would clarify that the use of telehealth to be used to conduct first and second involuntary commitment examinations during the COVID-19 emergency.

Brian Injury Advisory Council

This language would create the Brain Injury Advisory Council within DHHS in conjunction with other stakeholder groups.

Medical Examiners

This language would allow retired physicians previously licensed in NC, paramedics, death investigators, pathologists assistants and dentists to serve as medical examiners.

The bill also allows the chief medical examiner to appoint emergency medical examiners during states of emergency.

The bill clarifies that all information and records regarding a death investigation shall not become public records.

The bill does provide a licensed psychiatrist exemption.






SB 168 – Expand Allowable Medical Uses of CBD Oil

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Madison)

Bill Summary

This bill would allow hemp extract to be used to treat autism, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease or Mitochondiral disease. Current law only allows the extract to be used to treat epilepsy.

The bill also allows the patient to be under the care of a neurologist or has been examined and is under the care of a physician who has consulted with a neurologist about the patient’s condition. Current law only allows the patient to be under the care of a neurologist.

The bill defines a physician as an individual licensed, board certified, and affiliated with one or more hospitals licensed in the state.

The bill requires the documentation of the name, address, and hospital affiliation of any physician with whom the neurologist consults with about the patient’s condition in making the recommendation.

Bill Movement

Filed – February 27, 2019

This bill was was referred to the following Senate Committees:

  • Health Care – March 20, 2019
  • Judiciary – April 3, 2019
  • Rules – April 9, 2019

This bill will now move to the Senate floor

The Senate voted not to concur with this bill with a vote of 0-48 on June 25, 2020.

The House adopted the conference report to the bill on June 25, 2020.

The Senate adopted the conference report on June 26, 2020.

The Governor vetoed this bill on July 6, 2020.



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