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August 26, 2022

Weekly Highlight

NCACC President Johnson Launches Initiative to Connect Counties to Broadband Opportunities

After being sworn in as the NCACC’s 106th president, Washington County Commissioner Tracey Johnson announced her presidential initiative, Connecting Counties, aiming to expand broadband across North Carolina counties. 
 
President Johnson is determined to spend her year as NCACC president maximizing the funding opportunities available to make sure that all counties can realize the potential of broadband connectivity and are able to expand broadband access to the underserved.
To learn more about President Johnson’s Connecting Counties initiative, visit www.ncacc.org/connectingcounties
NCACC Updates

Special Session for County Managers on GREAT Grant Updates with DIT

The NCACC is partnering with the NC Department of Information Technology to host a virtual information session to discuss recent updates on GREAT Grants and an in-depth look at the process for counties to secure funding. The session will also include a Q&A with Angie Bailey and George Collier from NC DIT’s Broadband Infrastructure Office as well as remarks on NCACC President Tracey Johnson’s Connecting Counties initiative. 

The information session will be held Thursday, September 1 at 10:00 a.m. To register for this virtual session, click here

Window to Submit Legislative Goal Proposals Closes
September 12

The NCACC continues the first stage of its member driven policy-setting process for this biennium with the submission of proposed legislative goals. All county officials are invited and encouraged to participate in the legislative goals process. To view the form and submit your county’s proposed goal(s), click here. All goal proposals must be submitted by September 12. 
 
To review the legislative handbook for this biennium, click here. For questions on the legislative goals process, email legislativegoals@ncacc.org

Steering Committee Meetings to Consider Legislative Goal Proposals Starting Next Month

Once the legislative goals proposals submission window closes September 12, the next step in the legislative agenda setting process is to review and vote on proposals in the steering committees. All goals are referred to one of the seven NCACC steering committees. The steering committee reviews the goal proposals and the guiding principles and forwards favorable goals and guiding principles to the Legislative Goals Committee. Steering Committee meetings will be held virtually over the weeks of September 26 and October 3. Check out the schedule below and click here to register.

Meetings to be held the week of September 26: Health and Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, Public Education.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2 – 4 p.m.: Justice and Public Safety
  • Wednesday, September 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Public Education
  • Health and Human Services Steering Committee Meeting, TBD
Meetings to be held the week of October 3: Agriculture, Environment, Tax and Finance, General Government.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Tax and Finance
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2 - 4 p.m.: Agriculture
  • Wednesday, October 5, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Environment
  • Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: General Government
Events

Resilience Showing and Panel Discussion — September 7, Guilford County

Steering Committee Meetings — September 26 - October 6, Virtual

Legislative Goals Conference — November 16-17, Wake County

View the NCACC Event Calendar
National Opioid Settlement Updates

Final 'MAT in Jails' Webinar to Cover Operational Basics: Facility Implementation

In response to the recent U.S. Department of Justice guidance document, “ADA and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment and Recovery,” the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Mountain Area Health Education Center, and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office are hosting a webinar series to address questions about providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in jails.

The first two parts, held earlier in August, focused on 1) risk aversion and facility-based MAT; and 2) working with Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). During the final session on August 31 (10 – 11:30 a.m.), participants can expect to hear from facility experts as they describe the operational basics of providing MAT in NC facilities.

This webinar series is intended for jail administrators, facility medical administrators, county officials, county attorneys, local health directors, and other professionals who are interested in learning more about providing care for individuals with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated in North Carolina.

19 Counties Eligible for NC Grant to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths

The NC Department of Health & Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has opened a request for applications for the Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (PDO) Grant. As per the RFA, informational webinars will be held on August 31 and September 2. Questions regarding the RFA are due by September 12, and applications are due October 10.

Selected high need communities will receive up to $50,000 to conduct prescriber and dispenser education training, paramedicine, naloxone distribution to community groups and first responders, linkage to treatment/recovery services, and “NC Lock Your Meds” campaign work.

Eligible counties are: Bladen, Buncombe, Cherokee, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Edgecombe, Guilford, Haywood, Jackson, Lee, McDowell, New Hanover, Randolph, Rowan, Swain, Transylvania, Vance, and Wayne.
  • Click here for more information on the request for applications.

Resources

The morepowerfulnc.org resource center hub includes up-to-date documents including a recent NC DOJ reporting requirements memo, an FAQ about the NC Memorandum of Agreement, and an FAQ about Option A strategies. For questions about reporting requirements, email opioidsettlement@ncdoj.gov (for legal questions about what the MOA requires) or opioidsettlement@unc.edu (for logistical questions about submitting the information to CORE-NC).

Click here to access the on-demand "Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic" webinar series.

NACo’s new Opioid Solutions Center is a comprehensive information hub to help empower local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that can save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorders.
State & Federal Updates

Sales Tax Update — August 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup

The NCACC has launched an email publication to assist counties in accessing the most up-to-date and relevant information surrounding American Rescue Plan Act funds. To view the most recent edition, click here and to subscribe to this newsletter, click here.

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
September 7 – Top 10 Primer on Engaging the Community in Public Issues
How do your constituents interact with their government? Do the same five or ten people show up at every meeting or hearing? Would you like to learn how to engage more of your community in discussions about important public issues? Effective community engagement creates an atmosphere of trust in local government because people feel heard and valued; it also builds a sense of belonging.

September 14 – Bridging Divides: Techniques for Productive Governing
Attendees of this program will leave with a new perspective on finding common ground in divisive conversations and the skillset to build productive policy out of this perspective. Rather than framing issues around opposition language, bringing people together for open discussion about differences of opinion is possible, and can be productive when framed around common values specific to a community.

Apply by October 15 – Leading the Way to Board Excellence
Leading the Way to Board Excellence is designed to help you better understand yourself as a leader and to provide you with the skills and tools to work effectively with others towards a common goal. This unique four-part course is open to local elected officials, including county commissioners, municipal elected officials, school board members and members of American Indian tribal councils.
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

100 Counties Prepared

North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Past President Frank Williams talks about his initiative "100 Counties Prepared," which focuses on equipping county commissioners with the tools they need to lead effectively during emergency situations. Click here to watch the video.

Guilford County

Guilford County and Cone Health are building a joint innovation team that will take a different approach to improving the health of county residents using Community-Based Design to learn residents’ concerns and uncover opportunities for change. Click here to read the news release.

Onslow County

Onslow County has been awarded a special recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association. The Finance Department received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the 2021 fiscal year. Click here to read the county news release.
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.
Classifieds & Additional Items

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program forgives the remaining balance on federal direct student loans following 120 months of qualifying payments for certain public service employees – including those who work for governments, 501(c)(3) organizations, and other nonprofits providing certain public services, including public education, military service, law enforcement, early childhood education and public health. A temporary PSLF waiver makes it possible for millions of public service workers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify – thereby reducing or potentially eliminating student loan debt.
 
The deadline to take advantage of this opportunity is October 31, 2022. For more information, please visit Student Aid or NC DOJ websites.
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