SB 665 – Prevent Unlicensed Mental Health Facilities

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Sydney Batch (D-Wake); Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake); Sen. Sarah Crawford (D-Franklin, Wake)


This bill:

  • Requires DHHS to conduct follow-up visits to facilities that have previously received an order from the Department directing the facility to cease and desist from engaging in any act or practice.
  • Authorizes the DHHS Secretary to issue orders to facilities not appropriately licensed that are providing services requiring a license to cease and desist from engaging in any prohibited acts or practices.
  • Designates the operation of licensable facility without a license as a Class H felony, including a fine of $1K per day that the facility is improperly operating without a license.
  • Requires the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services to establish a database that makes publicly available the status of any ongoing investigations of reported improper program or facility operations.


Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations