§ 122C-115.  Duties of counties; appropriation and allocation of funds by counties and cities.

(a) A county shall provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder services in accordance with rules, policies, and guidelines adopted pursuant to statewide restructuring of the management responsibilities for the delivery of services for individuals with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders through an area authority. The catchment area of an area authority shall contain a minimum population of at least 1,500,000 based on the 2023 population estimate from the State Demographer of the Office of Budget and Management. To the extent this section conflicts with G.S. 153A-77, the provisions of this section control.

(a1) Repealed by Session Laws 2023-134, s. 9G.7A(a6), effective October 3, 2023.

(a2) Repealed by Session Laws 2023-134, s. 9G.7A(a6), effective October 3, 2023.

(a3) Repealed by Session Laws 2023-134, s. 9G.7A(a6), effective October 3, 2023.

(b) Counties shall and cities may appropriate funds for the support of programs that serve the catchment area, whether the programs are physically located within a single county or whether any facility housing a program is owned and operated by the city or county. Counties and cities may make appropriations for the purposes of this Chapter and may allocate for these purposes other revenues not restricted by law, and counties may fund them by levy of property taxes pursuant to G.S. 153A-149(c)(22).

(c) Within a catchment area, a board of county commissioners or two or more boards of county commissioners jointly shall establish an area authority with the approval of the Secretary.

(c1) Repealed by Session Laws 2023-134, s. 9G.7A(a6), effective October 3, 2023.

(d) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, counties shall not reduce county appropriations and expenditures for current operations and ongoing programs and services of area authorities because of the availability of State-allocated funds, fees, capitation amounts, or fund balance to the area authority. Counties may reduce county appropriations by the amount previously appropriated by the county for one-time, nonrecurring special needs of the area authority.

(e) Beginning July 1, 2021, LME/MCOs shall cease managing Medicaid services for all Medicaid recipients who are enrolled in a standard benefit plan.

(e1) Until BH IDD tailored plans become operational, all of the following shall occur:

(1) LME/MCOs shall continue to manage the Medicaid services that are covered by the LME/MCOs under the combined 1915(b) and (c) waivers for Medicaid recipients who are covered by the those waivers and who are not enrolled in a standard benefit plan.

(2) The Division of Health Benefits shall negotiate actuarially sound capitation rates directly with the LME/MCOs based on the change in composition of the population being served by the LME/MCOs.

(3) Capitation payments under contracts between the Division of Health Benefits and the LME/MCOs shall be made directly to the LME/MCO by the Division of Health Benefits.

(f) LME/MCOs operating the BH IDD tailored plans under G.S. 108D-60 may continue to manage the behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability, and traumatic brain injury services for any Medicaid recipients who are not enrolled in a BH IDD tailored plan or the CAF specialty plan. (1977, c. 568, s. 1; c. 679, s. 7; 1979, c. 358, ss. 5, 23; 1981, c. 51, s. 3; 1985, c. 589, s. 2; 1989, c. 625, s. 14; 1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 749, s. 1; 1999-202, s. 1; 2001-437, s. 1.8; 2004-124, s. 10.26(a); 2006-66, s. 10.32(c), (d); 2007-504, s. 1.3; 2011-264, s. 2; 2012-151, ss. 1, 6; 2013-85, s. 4(a)-(c); 2013-363, s. 4.12(a); 2013-378, s. 11; 2013-410, s. 23(a); 2015-245, s. 4; 2018-48, s. 1; 2019-81, ss. 12, 14(a)(8); 2020-88, s. 12(c); 2021-62, ss. 3.4A(b), 4.8(d); 2023-65, s. 5.1(a); 2023-134, ss. 9E.22(m), 9G.7A(a6).)