The Governor released his budget proposal to the NCGA on March 7, 2019.

Here are some highlights from the Health and Human Services portion.

Expand and Transform Medicaid

  • Cover 626,000 additional individuals
  • 500,000 individuals in the first year
  • $5 Billion in direct spending into the state
  • Transform Medicaid and Health Choice from fee for service to managed care by leveraging $268M of Medicaid Transformation Reserve

Pre-K and Early Childhood

  • Funds 3,200 additional Pre-k slots
  • $15 million for Smart Start Program (10% increase)
  • $1.1 million additional funding to improve child welfare training
  • $3 million additional to expand evidenced based family preservation services

Opioid Treatment

  • $15 million of Medicaid funding to expand treatment for opioid use disorders

Healthier Families

  • $1 million for local Food Banks

Youth Mental Health

  • $40 million for flexible funding to hire school nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers and school resource officers

Child Nutrition

  • Eliminates student co-pay for reduced priced meals
  • Provides free meals for up to an additional 115,000 ($5 million)

Broadband Connectivity

  • $30 million to increase access and improve service to underserved households, businesses, and community anchor institutions

Water Supply

  • $6.4 million in funding to support the identification and regulation of emerging compounds

Relocation of DHHS 

  • $258 million to relocate DHHS from Dorthea Dix Park