Consolidated Human Services Agency Resources
Information on Human Services Agency Organization and Governance Options
- Questions and Answers: Consolidated Human Services Agencies
- Considerations When Creating a Consolidated Human Services Agency (PDF) discusses issues that a county should consider when deciding whether (and how) to create and configure a consolidated human services agency and governing board.
- Personnel Decisions for North Carolina’s Consolidated Human Services Agencies (PDF) discusses decisions and issues that a county must consider with respect to the employees of a consolidated human services agency, including the decision to remove or not remove employees from the coverage of the State Human Resources Act.
- Organization and Governance of Local Public Health & Other Human Services Agencies: Summary of S.L. 2012-126 (H 438) (PDF) (Jill Moore, July 2012)
- SOG faculty members have been invited to talk with local government officials across the state when they evaluate options for organization and governance of local human services agencies. You can download the slides used during the presentation of Organization and Governance of NC Human Services Agencies.
- The 2012 law that allowed all counties with a county manager to create consolidated human services agencies is Session Law 2012-126 (House Bill 438) (PDF).
- A free Legislative Update Webinar, available on-demand, features SOG faculty members describing some of the key features of the 2012 legislation.
- See Where Human Services Organization and Governance Changes Have Occurred in North Carolina: This page features interactive maps showing which North Carolina counties have (i) consolidated human services functions into one agency, and/or (ii) changed the governing board structure for human services agencies, including governance of one or more such agencies by the Board of County Commissioners
Resources for Consolidated Human Services Boards
- Resources for Consolidated Human Services Boards
- Consolidated Human Services Boards: Frequently Asked Questions
Coates’ Canons Blog Posts on CHSAs and Related Issues
- Consolidated Human Services Agencies (Aimee Wall, May 29, 2012)
- County Commissioners and Local Boards of Health: What Would Pending Legislation Allow, and What Would it Mean? (Jill Moore, June 20 2012)
- Organization and Governance of Social Services: New Options for Counties (Aimee Wall, August 10, 2012)
- Recent Developments in Organization and Governance of Local Human Services Agencies (Aimee Wall, September 25 2012)
- Consolidated Human Services Agencies and the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Program (Jill Moore, November 27, 2012)
- An Update on Recent Changes for Local Human Services Agencies (Aimee Wall, April 23, 2013)
- What is a County Advisory Committee on Health and Who Has to Have One? (Jill Moore, June 21, 2013)
- You’ve Consolidated: Do You Know Who Your Local Health Director Is? (Jill Moore, March 25, 2014)
- Delegating Local Health Director Powers and Duties (Jill Moore, March 30, 2015)
- Access to Confidential Client Records by Social Services Governing Boards (Aimee Wall, April 26, 2016)
- Who is Required to Take the Oath of Office in the Human Services Field? (Kristi Nickodem, January 3, 2022)
Research Comparing Types of Local Public Health Agencies
In 2011, the SOG received grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a research project designed to compare the types of local public health agencies in operation across the state, including consolidated human services agencies.
CHSA Leaders Listserv
The School of Government administers a listserv for county and state officials to communicate with each other about issues of importance to consolidated human services agencies. To subscribe to the listserv, contact Stoney Blevins, CHS Director in Buncombe County (email@example.com).
Resolutions from North Carolina Counties
The North Carolina Public Health Law webpage features resolutions from many of the North Carolina counties that have changed their organization or governance structure for human services since the enactment of Session Law 2012-126, including counties that have created consolidated human services agencies and/or abolished the appointed governing board for social services or public health. These documents were developed by the respective counties and are offered for informational purposes only. It is up to each user of this website to review and evaluate the documents to determine whether they are useful and appropriate for the user’s particular needs. The documents were not created by School of Government faculty, nor have they been selected as models, best practices, or templates. We encourage users of this site to contact representatives of the jurisdiction that originated the document if you have questions about it. The School of Government, by making these documents available, does not make any representation about their legal validity. We strongly recommend that you consult with your local attorney before using any document obtained from this site.