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Proposed for Amendment: 10A NCAC 48B .0103, .1301, .1304-.1308 -- Local Health Department Accreditation Standards

The Commission for Public Health intends to amend the rules cited as 10A NCAC 48B .0103, .1301 and .1304-.1308 with a proposed effective date of April 1, 2015.

The General Assembly enacted and the Governor signed SL 2012-126, which is "an act to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of human services…" This law provides all North Carolina counties the option to consolidate their human services agencies, including public health, into a single agency under the direct control of a human services director appointed and supervised by the county manager. When a county consolidates human services under this law, the local health director no longer reports to the local board of health – the local health director reports to the Human Services Director appointed by the County Manager. The proposed amendments are technical in nature and are required to align the local health department accreditation governance standards to this legislation. The amendment to .1304 simply conforms the rule to the current law that in some counties the local health director will report to the board of health and in others will report to the Human Services Director. The other amendments recognize that some counties will appoint advisory committees and may want to delegate certain non-regulatory functions to this advisory committee. This change has been requested by several county commissioners. The proposed amendments do not add to the burden of counties who have chosen to form a consolidated human services agency, nor do they affect those counties who have chosen to retain a separate local health department overseen by a local board of health.

A public hearing was held on January 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cardinal Room, located at: 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 External link.

Proposed Amended Rules: 10A NCAC 48B .0103, .1301, .1304-.1308
Fiscal Note: N/A
Federal Certification: N/A
Adopted Rule: N/A

Public Comments

The public comment period was from December 31, 2014 through January 30, 2015. Comments for this rule will not be accepted after 01/30/15.

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