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Effective public policy is the first step in providing support to children and families. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina works actively with the Covenant for North Carolina’s Children and the NC Child Fatality Task Force to develop effective public policy for children and families.
Recommend Medicaid funding for Intensive Home Visiting and $3.2
million to continue and expand the program in North Carolina.
Recommend $400,000 in new recurring funds for a folic acid awareness campaign plus a continuation of $350,000 in Smart Start funds for the campaign.
Recommend $250,000 in new recurring funds to go to the ten neediest counties for access to prenatal care for non-Medicaid, low-income women.
Recommend enactment of the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, SB 1257, which decriminalizes newborn abandonment if the infant is left alive and in the care of individuals such as personnel at a fire station, EMS, or other medical facility, among others.
Recommend recurring funding for the Healthy Start Foundation.
Recommend an increase in funding from $300,000 to $600,000 for the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review program and the Birth Defects Monitoring program. Click here for a Special Briefing on Reducing Infant Mortality.
Recommend enactment of the Safe Storage of Firearms Bill, HB 1619, that sets the same requirements for storage of guns in homes where no child resides as currently exists for homes in which children do reside. Click here for a Special Briefing on the Safe Storage of Firearms.
Recommend increased funding for Child Medical Evaluation Program to include increased reimbursement for exams from $75.00/case to $150.00; a colposcopy diagnostic fee; additional hours and increased hourly mental health reimbursement; increased support and consultation to local providers. The total amount recommended is $195,000 in the first year and $395,000 in subsequent years. Click here for a Special Briefing on Child Medical Evaluations.
Recommend $150,000 in new recurring funds to promote the use of evidenced-based clinical guidelines, as developed by the Perinatal Advisory Committee.
Recommend $100,000 in recurring funds for 10 community coalitions to address local gaps in the perinatal health care systems.
Endorse extension of Medicaid eligibility to 185 percent of the poverty level for providing of family planning services.
bicycle helmet safety legislation.
the top ten recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Child
Health Plan. Recommendations
include, among others, enhanced child service coordination; mental
health/substance abuse prevention/intervention plans as a part of all
Smart Start program plans; requirement that private insurers cover mental
health and substance abuse services in parity with other medical services;
expand family-based services to every county in North Carolina; expand
mandatory school curriculum to ensure that children are taught basic
personal safety skills; additional funding to local Child Fatality
Prevention Teams; bicycle and gun safety legislation; and review of state
data and policy such as the definition of what constitutes physical abuse,
child labor laws, playground safety requirements, and the alcohol tax.
Endorse expansion of the perinatal nurse educator program through the use of a Medicaid match.
Endorse opposition to the Firearms Regulation Amendment, HB 938, which would prevent any local government in North Carolina from suing gun manufacturers for losses stemming from the production, marketing, and distribution of firearms.
the enforcement of Gun Laws at Gun Shows, HB 1627, which sets the same
restrictions on gun sales at gun shows that are currently required for
sales at gun stores operated by a Federal Firearms Licensee.
review of the 1994 legislative commission report recommending increased
funding to train and support health care practitioners who conduct medical
evaluations for children who are suspected victims of child abuse.
"Jennifer Tolle, the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse NC, serves as the co-chair of the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, a legislative study commission which examines causes of child deaths in our state and recommends public policy changes that save children’s lives."
WITH NC's CHILDREN
63,675 reports of child abuse and neglect accepted last year by County
Departments of Social Services and more than 21 children killed at the
hands of caretakers, North Carolina has an epidemic in child abuse and
neglect. However, there has
been little investment in child abuse prevention. Further, adoption is
the best choice for many child victims of abuse and neglect, yet the
adoption system in North Carolina needs to be strengthened to allow more
families to consider adopting.
Appropriate $3.2 million
for the support and expansion of the Intensive Home Visitation
Initiative that has been proven to decrease the incidence of child abuse
and neglect, decrease dependence on public assistance, and enhance child
and family development.
Support strategies to
increase adoption of abused and neglected children from
the State's foster care system which include:
Increase post-adoption services for families who adopt foster
Expand the special needs adoption incentive fund.
Extend adoption assistance past age 18.
Post-adoption contract agreements that encourage ongoing contact
between adopted children and their birth parents after finalization of
the adoption (when mutually agreed upon).
Achieving quality child care with high standards is essential to the economic well being of families and the healthy development of young children.
Fully fund Smart Start in all 100 counties and expand the
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project.
Provide increased funding for child care subsidies that
support access to high quality child care for children and families.
children and families to thrive in North Carolina, they must be able to
access sufficient income and government supports and services to achieve
economic security. Public assistance and economic policies must enhance family
well-being, respect human dignity, be fair, reward work, and allow for
and improve social and economic realities while helping families meet
their basic needs, including nutrition and housing.
Ensure that working families have access to jobs paying a living
wage and benefits and to income and program supplements to fill the
gap left by low wages. Specifically,
implement a State Earned Income Tax Credit and increase the
State minimum wage.
protect and strengthen the safety net for those unable to work. Evaluate
public assistance using measurements of family success and not caseload
of the changes mandated by the NC Supreme Court’s decision in
the Leandro case should not come from existing children’s
the State must continue the effort to end the racial achievement gap and
ensure that school-related punishment does not negatively impact any
Accountability -- Statewide promotion standards
should be fair and educationally sound, based on meaningful assessment.
School financing -- Create a funding
formula that provides additional funding for students who are on
free or reduced lunch and performing below grade level; provide adequate
funding for school systems to educate Limited English Proficient (LEP)
students; provide adequate funding for children with disabilities;
improve alternative education by having the money follow the child, and
by ensuring that students who are suspended or expelled are given the
educational assistance needed to succeed.
of children in North Carolina should have access to affordable, high
quality, comprehensive, and accessible health care.
All eligible children must receive NC Health Choice.
Expand eligibility for NC Health Choice to cover children below 350% of
FPL and cover all income-eligible children, regardless of immigration
Support the development and funding of a coordinated school
health program that requires school nurses, school social workers,
school counselors, a comprehensive health education curriculum, and the
maintenance and expansion of school-based and school-linked health
The State of North Carolina must ensure that all children have
access to high quality and effective mental health and substance
abuse services, based on Statewide, uniform best practice standards.
Accountability must be clear at both the State
and local level.
Health insurance companies and public programs that provide
health coverage for children should be required to: 1) offer
children mental health and substance abuse treatment equal to that
provided for physical illnesses (mental health and substance abuse
Provide a uniform right to an independent appeal of any decision to deny
treatment through an administrative process and the court system.
General Assembly should provide local Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils
with sufficient funding to have an array of community and family-based
services for children at risk of committing crimes. The Department of
Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention should work to improve the
conditions in “youth academies” (training schools) and the treatment
programs within them to reduce recidivism.
Recognizing that failure to complete one's education increases
the risk of delinquency, the State should direct the public school
system to intensify efforts to provide alternative education and
mobilize supportive services for delinquent and at-risk children
who would otherwise be suspended or expelled from school. Therefore, we
recommend that the State mandate educational opportunities to suspended
youth whereby students and families are accorded due process of law.
Under a funding mechanism that has incentives for serving
children in their home and community, ensure that children are
appropriately placed in community-based prevention and
intervention services, rather than inappropriately placed in
training schools by substantially increasing needs-based and equitably
distributed funding for at-risk children and their families.
We must enact laws to protect our
children from intentional and unintentional injuries and death and
provide adequate resources for the education, enforcement and
prosecution of these laws.
Enact stronger prevention and protection legislation that
includes: booster seats for children in vehicles; safety helmets for
children; and the clarification and strengthening of laws that prevent
children from gaining unsupervised, unsafe access to guns.
Enact legislation to provide a safe haven and a safe,
permanent home for babies in imminent danger of being killed.
Tolle, our Executive Director, serves as the co-chair of the
North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, a legislative study
commission which examines causes of child deaths in our state and
recommends public policy changes that save children’s lives.
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