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SCID added to newborn screening panel

In late September, North Carolina lawmakers gave final approval to The Baby Carlie Nugent Bill, House Bill (HB) 698, legislation championed by March of Dimes that will add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) screening to the North Carolina newborn screening panel. The bill has now been sent to the Governor for signature. Bill sponsors are Representatives Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg County), Gale Adcock (Wake County) and Donny Lambeth (Forsyth County).

SCID, most commonly known as “bubble boy disease,” is a defect in which a baby is born without an immune system. Thus causing the most common of ailments and vaccines to be life threatening as the baby’s body cannot defend itself.


The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians about top-priority transportation projects that they think should be submitted to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding in the next State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The STIP is NCDOT’s 10-year transportation plan, and it is updated every two years. The N.C. Board of Transportation approved the current STIP, for year 2016 to 2025, in June.

The Strategic Transportation Investments law established the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and local (division) levels. This allows NCDOT to meet the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local transportation needs.


Four new provisions under North Carolina’s motor vehicle laws that became effective Oct. 1.

The new laws, passed by the N.C. General Assembly, affect either vehicles or drivers in the state. They include:

– House Bill 6 (Session Law 2015-163) defines an autocycle. An autocycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel, pedals and seat safety belts for each occupant, antilock brakes, air bag protection, completely enclosed seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride, does not require a motorcycle endorsement to operate and is otherwise manufactured to comply with federal safety requirements for motorcycles. A driver license is required to operate an autocycle. An autocycle has the same requirements for a vehicle inspection and vehicle registration as a motorcycle.


Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Brian Ingraham, the CEO of Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, to a new state task force charged with making recommendations to improve the lives of N.C. residents with mental illness and substance use disorders.

The 24-member N.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force will seek to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help before their situation becomes a crisis. This special panel consists of experts from the justice system, private sector professionals, healthcare providers, county leaders and non-governmental organization entities to tackle mental health and substance use issues statewide.

Smoky Mountain, based in Asheville, manages services for mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual/ developmental disabilities in 23 western N.C. counties. In the six years Ingraham has served as Smoky’s CEO, the organization has grown from its roots as an area program to a public managed care organization and expanded nearly eightfold.



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