(a)  Discretionary funds shall be treated as additional state funds over and above the annual allotment to a county and shall not be available for more than one year. Discretionary Funds may not be expended on routine operations of a local program that causes increased recurring cost to the state.

(b)  In order to receive discretionary funds, the program must:

(1)           Be a program funded by the department, which is in danger of closing or reducing its level of service and shall submit a statement of projected future funding sources documenting how the program plans to continue in operation during the next year; or

(2)           Be a currently operating departmentally funded program in need of equipment, materials, renovations, or staff development, which will expand or enhance the service capability of the program on a continuing basis. A program shall show a measurable expansion of services, which may include:

(A)          More youth physically served in the renovated facility;

(B)          Additional staff training that will add a new treatment dimension to the ongoing program; or

(C)          Equipment or materials directly relating to improved treatment.

(c)  Discretionary Funds may be used for emergency placement of youth for whom all local resources have been exhausted but where Department placement is inappropriate.

(d)  Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funds that remain uncommitted for six consecutive months, that are released by the withdrawal of a county from the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council fund and that are released with the third quarter accounting shall be transferred to the discretionary fund and made available to participating counties.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-516; 143B-512;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 15, 2002;

Eff. April 1, 2003;

Transferred from 28 NCAC 02A .0107 Eff. June 1, 2013;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 9, 2018.