HB 788 – Achieve Better Mental Health Recovery Results

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. John Autry (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth); Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly); Rep. Terry Brown, Jr. (D-Mecklenburg)



This bill:

  • Appropriates $600K in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to DHHS to be allocated to the Promise Resource Network for the establishment for four peer-run wellness centers to address mental health crises prevention and post-crisis response.
  • Establishes the position of Mental Health Recovery Policy Chief within the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
  • Tasks the Chief with ensuring that mental health recovery values and outcomes are drivers of State policy.

Requires the Division to publish a biennial NC Mental Health Recovery and Resiliency Agenda on its website.

Requires the Chief to ensure that individuals with personal experiences of mental health recovery inform the development of the Agenda.

Appropriates $100K in recurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and $100K in recurring funds for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to the Division to be used to fund the salary and benefits for the Chief position.



Filed – 5/3/2021