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September 16, 2022

Weekly Highlight

National Opioid Settlement Trust Splits 'Summer 2022' Payment; Makes First of Two Disbursements for 2022-23 Fiscal Year

Local governments should have received a second installment of their allocated national opioid settlement funds on Thursday, September 15. This is the first of two payments for the current fiscal year; the third overall payment should be disbursed prior to the end of the 2022 calendar year. This is an update from a previously announced schedule; please note that the “Summer 2022” payment is being divided into two payments. 

The total sum of the two "Summer 2022" payments will be slightly higher than the initial projection. The Community Opioid Resources Engine (CORE-NC) is in the process of updating the payment schedule to reflect the slightly higher amounts. 

The National Opioids Settlement Trust either wired or mailed the payment to local governments based on the instructions previously provided by local governments to the settlement administrator, BrownGreer. 

NCACC Updates
County Data Fact Sheets Now Available
This week, NCACC released county-by-county fact sheets that highlight key data from the Association’s newly-released 2022 County Map Book.

Each county fact sheet summarizes an individual county’s population trends, health and education statistics, and facts about income and taxes. Individual fact sheets for all 100 counties can be accessed at www.ncacc.org/mapbook.
Events

Steering Committee Meetings
Sept. 26 - Oct. 6, Virtual

Legislative Goals Conference
Nov. 16-18, Wake County

View the NCACC Event Calendar

Steering Committees Kick Off Next Step in the Legislative Goals Process

Now that the legislative goals proposals deadline has passed, the next step in the legislative agenda- setting process for NCACC kicks off with steering committees, where all goals will be discussed, debated and voted on.  Steering Committee meetings will be held virtually the weeks of September 26 and October 3. To see the schedule and to register for meetings, visit the NCACC Steering Committee events calendar. 

State Provides $358 Million in Lottery Funds for School Construction and Repair
Last month, NCACC’s 115th Annual Conference featured a session with the North Carolina Education Lottery to share news of the increased investment that is adding millions more to what was already earmarked for school construction. To read more on this investment, click here.
National Opioid Settlement Updates

Most County Governments Subject to September 27 Opioid Settlement Annual Financial Report Deadline

Annual financial reports for counties receiving opioid settlement funds prior to July 1, 2022, are due by September 27. The following counties are not subject to this deadline: Anson, Caswell, Cleveland, Gates, Hertford, Hoke, Nash, Pender and Sampson. The annual financial report and other reporting requirements are discussed in the "Reporting Requirements Memo" from the NC Department of Justice shared in July. Review the Reporting Requirements Memo and other important information on the NC MOA Resource Center.

If you have legal questions about the opioid settlement, please contact opioidsettlement@ncdoj.gov.  For questions about opioid-related strategies and resources, contact opioidsettlement@dhhs.nc.gov or opioidsettlement@ncacc.org.

'Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic' Webinar Series Returns in October

NCACC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services are partnering on a webinar series that provides information and resources on evidence-based, high-impact strategies that local governments may pursue to address the opioid overdose epidemic utilizing funds from the national litigation settlement.
Three webinars are in development for the remainder of 2022. The dates for the sessions are as follows, to be held from 3 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom:
  • Monday, October 10: Collaborative Strategic Planning (register here)
  • Monday, November 14: Recovery Housing Support (register here)
  • Monday December 12: Criminal Justice Diversion Programs (register here)
Click here to access the on-demand "Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic" webinar series.

MAT in Jails Webinar Series Available Now On-Demand

A recent three-part webinar series that focused on legal, medical, community and security considerations for providing access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails is now available on-demand. The three modules covered topics related to risk aversion, working with opioid treatment programs (OTPs), and operational basics and facility implementation. Access the archived webinars and related presentation files here.

For questions, support and technical assistance related to MAT in jails, Margaret Bordeaux, who is the Justice-Involved Overdose Prevention Specialist for the NC DHHS Division of Public Health, can be reached at margaret.bordeaux@dhhs.nc.gov.

Additionally, Elijah Bazemore is a consultant for Vital Strategies and a retired Major who served with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. He now provides technical assistance to agencies interested in implementing an MAT program in their detention facilities, including in the areas of preparing for change; program planning and design; workforce development and capacity; delivery of treatment; care coordination and linkages to services post-release; data monitoring and evaluation; and funding and sustainability. Bazemore can be reached at 919-421-4942 or ebazemore.consultant@vitalstrategies.org.
State & Federal Updates

Preparing for the End of the COVID-19 Federal Public Health Emergency

Since it began in January 2020, the COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) helped prevent NC Medicaid beneficiaries from losing their health coverage during the pandemic, even if someone’s eligibility changed. The PHE also helped health care providers keep their practices running so they could deliver care to Medicaid beneficiaries.

The PHE currently extends through later this year. While it is not known when the PHE will end, NC Medicaid wants to help beneficiaries, providers and community stakeholders understand any potential impacts and steps they can take to be ready. 

The NC Medicaid End of PHE Toolkit is a collection of resources to support stakeholders, advocates and partners with key messaging for beneficiaries. The toolkit includes social media posts, frequently asked questions, a fact sheet and additional resources.

Sales Tax Update — September 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
Hold the Dates 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 will soon be available for three offerings – two in-person and one online:
  • December 15-16, 2022, in Buncombe County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 12-13, 2023, in Durham County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 18-20, 2023, online (8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday)
Click here for more information on the course, and to sign up to receive a notification when registration becomes available.

September 30 – Affordable Housing Seminar: Tools, Strategies, and Case Studies for Local Government Leadership
This interactive in-person seminar is designed for elected and appointed officials from county, municipal and tribal governments who are setting strategic direction around affordable housing. The seminar will focus on local government support and public-private partnerships for workforce residential housing.

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.

October 19 – Top 10 Primer: What Local Elected Officials Need to Know about Public Health and Social Services
This free online program will provide an overview of the legal framework for social services and public health agencies in North Carolina, and highlight the various organizational models available to provide the required services across our state.
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

Anson County

The Anson County Board of Commissioners appointed Len Sossamon as the new County Manager. Sossamon served as City Manager in Concord and has served as a County Manager in Florida and South Carolina.

Forsyth County

Forsyth County has announced that Marissa Adams will be the director of the new Medicaid division at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services (FCDSS). Click here to read the county news release.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County Commissioners Rob Zapple and Jonathan Barfield Jr., along with County Manager Chris Coudriet, have been appointed to multiple committees within the National Association of Counties. Click here to read the county news release.

Pitt County

Pitt County hired social worker Kierra Clemmons to give justice involved individuals the tools needed to succeed upon release. Clemmons works with an on-site psychiatrist, performs diagnoses and direct services as well as works as a liaison between the detention center and community support services. Click here to read the media 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.
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