Legislative & Policy Initiatives
2021 NC Providers Council Legislative Priorities
In 2020 and 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic required NCGA Members and their constituents to modify communications and meeting venues. However, the Providers Council has continued to work through its contract lobbyists, John Metcalf and John Broome of The Policy Group, and Peyton and Joel Maynard of Maynard and Associates. Working in tandem with the Providers Council Board and standing Committees, the lobbyists have ensured that the Providers Council’s legislative priorities are communicated to key Committee Chairs and Members during the 2021 Long Session.
The NC Providers Council has a great reputation for its analysis of legislation, administrative rules, and Medicaid State Plan, waiver, and clinical coverage policy provisions impacting community services funded through the North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). With our active involvement at the General Assembly through The Policy Group and Maynard and Associates, collaboration with numerous Divisions of DHHS – including participation on statewide workgroups and Committees, and an ongoing, constructive dialogue with Standard Plan and LME/MCO leadership, the association advocates for providers and the people who we support.
Legislative Session bill trackers, legislative summaries, and other documents related to NC Providers Council legislative advocacy are posted on the password-protected Member Communications page.
Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999), is a U.S. Supreme Court case that laid the groundwork for people with disabilities to live their lives as fully included members of the community. The case addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) “integration mandate.” The integration mandate requires that all public entities, including the State of North Carolina, “administer services, programs, and activities” for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the person’s needs. “Most integrated setting” has been defined as one that enables people with disabilities to interact “to the fullest extent possible” with individuals that don’t have a disability. Specifically, the case requires states to provide services in the community for eligible persons with disability when (a) such services are appropriate; (b) the affected persons do not oppose community-based treatment; and (c) community-based services can be “reasonably accommodated.”
The State Of North Carolina is developing a long-range plan for future Olmstead compliance. Legal and policy advisors have asserted to DHHS that the best way to protect against further lawsuits is to have a comprehensive state plan that outlines what the state aspires to do in order to create choice and opportunities for the broad range of persons with disabilities. Importantly, in addition to the plan, the state must also have the funding and resources allocated to execute the plan. The Office of the Senior Advisor for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead will lead this 18-month initiative. NCPC Board Vice President Wilson Raynor serves on the Advisory Group on behalf of NCPC.
For additional information, please visit the NC DHHS Web page that includes Olmstead Plan documentation and Stakeholder Advisory meeting information.
North Carolina General Assembly Quick Links
- Click here to access NCGA Session Laws enacted during the 2021 long session.
- North Carolina General Assembly Home Page with Daily House and Senate Calendars for The 2021 Long Session http://www.ncleg.net/
- NCGA Member Directory
- NCGA Committees https://www.ncleg.gov/Committees
- Fiscal Research Division https://www.ncleg.gov/FiscalResearch/
- Program Evaluation Division https://www.ncleg.gov/PED/
2021 NC Providers Council Statewide Committee and Workgroup Participation
- Mental Health Coalition
- Developmental Disabilities Consortium
- Substance Use Disorder Federation
- The Coalition
- Provider-LME Leadership Forum
- DHHS/LME/Provider Steering Committee
- DHHS TBI Waiver Workgroup
- Statewide Direct Support Workforce Crisis Work Group Member
- *Some members also serve on LME/MCO Provider Councils and Boards