The Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) Policy Update is a regular feature to APNC members to help inform about policy matters in both Raleigh & Washington that affect the substance abuse community.
The NC Legislature has been in Raleigh since late January, and they are finally in the home stretch. The NC Senate has already created their version of what the state budget should look like, and the NC House is expected to announce their budget proposal by June 10th. Then the two parties will create a conference committee, which will devise a budget compromise to present to the Governor for signature. Supposedly all this will be completed by the middle of July.
The Senate budget has several drastic cuts, most notably a proposal to completely eliminate the state’s three Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (ADATCs). We are working with the House to restore ADATC funding in their budget, and if we are successful the issue will be worked out by the aforementioned conference committee.
APNC can play a critical role in shaping public policy. We witnessed this last month when our members expressed their concern about HB 693, which would have prohibited health care providers from providing health care treatment to minors for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of substance abuse issues without notarized consent from their parents or guardians. That measure was defeated. We will continue to update you on other legislation that may affect our members.