HB 212 – Social Services Reform

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes); Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke); Rep. Donna White (R-Johnston)



This bill:

  • Requires DHHS to establish 7 regions for regional supervision of child welfare and social services and to begin providing oversight and support within those regions no later than March 1, 2022.
  • Appropriates $916,171 recurring each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to support 11 new staff positions to improve regional supervision and support of child welfare services.
  • Requires new members to the county board of social services to attend education and training sessions during the first year they serve on the board.
  • Requires DHHS to collaborate with key stakeholders to create formal education and training sessions for new county boards of social services members.
  • Requires county departments of social services to resolve conflicts of interest arising during the provision of social services consistent with applicable law and any policies and procedures established by DHHS and further requires the Social Services Commission to adopt rules regarding conflicts of interest management.


Filed – 3/3/2021