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November 18, 2022

Weekly Highlight

NC County Commissioners Set Advocacy Priorities, Hear from Governor Cooper at NCACC Legislative Goals Conference

Governor Roy Cooper, NC Senator Lisa Barnes, and NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Eddie Buffaloe Jr. addressed county leaders at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Legislative Goals Conference this week. Following morning remarks from NCACC President Tracey Johnson, commissioners participated in voting sessions to finalize legislative goals, which guide NCACC’s advocacy efforts. The top priority goals for the legislative agenda include:

  • Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the unserved and under-served areas and residents of the state.
  • Seek additional revenue sources to address statewide public school and community college capital needs and ensure methods used to distribute school capital funding considers the needs of both low-wealth and growing counties. Revisions to the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund that will allow for more access to counties and allow for faster school construction to include allowing projects that have not previously been awarded a grant to commence and remain eligible for future grant application periods.
  • Support expansion of Medicaid as well as related funding and operational flexibility for counties to expand county workforce and necessary infrastructure.

To view the full list of approved goals, click here.

View Full List of Approved Legislative Goals
NCACC Updates

County Advocacy Tools Available Ahead of Legislative Long Session

County Advocacy Webpage — For ongoing access to the Association’s advocacy expertise, which includes a team of registered lobbyists who advocate on behalf of counties’ interests during and in between legislative sessions, visit www.ncacc.org/county-advocacy/.

Quick Response Teams — NCACC maintains Quick Response Teams (QRTs) to seek advice and input on legislation impacting counties. QRT members are county subject matter experts who are willing to answer questions and provide insights on short notice; whether to inform NCACC staff on legislative issues or serve as a source of information or sounding board. To sign up as a member of a QRT, visit www.ncacc.org/qrt.

Steering Committees — These committees assist the Board of Directors in setting policy for the Association in the areas of Agriculture, Environment, General Government, Health and Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, Public Education, and Tax and Finance. Steering Committee membership is open to all county commissioners, as well as county staff who specialize in committee-related fields. To sign up for a Steering Committee, visit www.ncacc.org/steeringcommittees.

Events

County Attorneys 2023 Winter Conference
January 26-27

NC City & County Management Association Winter Seminar
February 1-3 in Forsyth County

NACo Legislative Conference
February 11-15 in Washington, DC

View the NCACC Event Calendar
National Opioid Settlement Updates

November 14 'Opioid Strategies' Webinar Focuses on Recovery Housing Support

The NCACC and NC Department of Health and Human Services are co-hosting a series of webinars on evidence-based, high-impact strategies that local governments may pursue to address the opioid overdose epidemic utilizing funds from the national litigation settlement.

The most recent webinar, held November 14, focused on housing needs and included presentations from representatives of the NC Coalition to End Homelessness, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, and Western North Carolina-based Homeward Bound. Access the on-demand webinar recording here, and the presentations file here.

The final webinar of 2022 is scheduled for Monday, December 12 from 3 – 4:30 p.m., and will focus on criminal justice diversion programs. Register here.

Click here to access on-demand webinars from the “Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic” series, the three-part medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails series, and others. Click here to access the NCACC opioid settlement assistance webpage, which includes links to crucial documents and recommended resources.

Sample Spending Authorization Language for County Resolutions or Ordinances

Before spending any funds from the national opioid settlement, counties must first authorize the expenditures. The NCACC has developed sample language for counties to use when drafting a local spending authorization resolution or ordinance. The language included will ensure counties meet the requirements contained in the NC MOA. Access the sample language here.

Second 'Summer 2022' Installment of Opioid Settlement Funds Disbursed This Week

On November 15, the National Opioid Settlement Fund Trust disbursed another round of payments to each local government receiving settlement funding under the NC Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The amount of the payment your local government received is indicated on this document. The Trust either wired or mailed the payment to your local government based on the instructions you previously provided to the settlement administrator, BrownGreer.

An important clarification: The "Summer 2022" payment was divided into two parts. The first part was disbursed on September 15, and the second part was the payment that was just disbursed on Tuesday.

Now that you have received both parts of the "Summer 2022" payment, you will notice that the total "Summer 2022" payment is slightly larger than we had initially projected.  UNC is in the process of updating the opioid settlement payment schedules on the Community Opioid Resources Engine (CORE-NC) to reflect the slightly higher numbers.

Walmart Settlement Will Send an Additional $89 Million to NC to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Attorney General Josh Stein announced on November 15 that he has reached a settlement with Walmart to resolve allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores. The settlement will provide more than $3 billion nationally and will require significant improvements in how Walmart’s pharmacies handle opioids. Click here to read a release from the Department of Justice.

Practical Guidance for Implementation of Office-based Opioid Treatment through Primary Care at Local Health Departments

A Duke Opioid Collaboratory project has released a guide to providing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) through office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) programming at local health departments or other primary care clinic.

This guide was developed in a collaboration between Granville Vance Public Health and the Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Sciences. It is designed for providers and practice managers interested in starting an OBOT program in their clinic or local health department and local government leaders interested in supporting OBOT in their communities.

Access the guide here, and an issue brief here.

State & Federal Updates

Sales Tax Update — November 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup — November 8, 2022

CountyQuarterly Summer 
2022 Edition — In This Issue

Cabarrus County's Commitment to Collaboration
Breaking Bread Breaks Down Barriers to Progress

Click here to read the article.
Local Elected Leaders Academy Programs

Register for Essentials of County Government

The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NCACC are again partnering to offer newly elected commissioners a crash course on the essentials of county government. This program, designed to help county commissioners successfully transition from campaigning to governing, will introduce the basic functions of county government and the role of the governing board.

Registration is now open for three offerings – two in-person and one online:

  • December 15-16, Buncombe County
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
  • January 12-13, Durham County
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
  • January 18-20, Online
    • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
A welcome message and course overview for new commissioners from Mike Smith, Dean of the UNC School of Government, and Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director.
January 19 – Strategic Planning: Linking Strategies to Results
Effective leaders not only deal with the challenges at hand each day, but they also anticipate future challenges – a growing population that needs another school; an aging population that needs a senior center; another farm being subdivided that needs water and sewer line extensions – and seek to shape the future intentionally. In this class you will learn the principles and processes involved in strategic planning. You will learn how to use your budget as a planning tool to execute your vision over a multi-year period, and you will explore the leadership behaviors that are important elements of success.

January 27 – Top 10 Primer on Land Use, Planning, and Zoning for Local Elected Officials
This short interactive class you will share the 10 most important things to know about your role as an elected official in land use planning and zoning. Questions we will consider include: What’s the point of zoning? Whose rules apply where? What’s going to happen to the farmland? Can we get better development? How do we slow this down? And more!
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

Buncombe County

Buncombe County Commissioner Terri Wells joins NCACC President and Washington County Commissioner Tracey Johnson’s Connecting Counties Task Force in first meeting to address expanding access to broadband. Click here to read the county news release.

Cabarrus County

Treating pregnant women with substance use disorder is complex, but a one-of-a-kind collaboration in Cabarrus County allows providers to work together and is showing promise. Click here to read a media article.

Forsyth County

Joey Hundley has been selected to serve as the new Emergency Services director for Forsyth County. Click here to read the media release.

Guilford County

Guilford County Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy is joining the National Association of Counties’(NACo) County Officials advancing Racial Equity (CORE) in Justice Network to identify and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal legal system. Click here to read the county news release.

Lee County

Dr. John Crumpton announces early retirement as Lee County Manager. Click here to read an article on the announcement.

Across the State

Seven county jail lobbies in the state are home to an emerging strategy for naloxone distribution at a time when drug overdoses continue to climb. Click here to read a media article.
NCACC is seeking information on new county programs and announcements to share. Please email communications@ncacc.org with your county’s news and to be included in the NCACC Weekly Update.
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