Newsletter Articles

Four DHHS Employees Honored for 45 Years of Service to State

Four employees of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services were named Caswell Award recipients in June. The Caswell Award honors employees who have served North Carolina for 45 years or more.

New Contracts Focus on Improved Behavioral Health Outcomes

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced strengthened contracts with Local Management Care Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs) seeking improved outcomes for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder services.

DHHS Launches Facebook Page

A Facebook page has been launched by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to better connect with North Carolina citizens, share Department news and highlight DHHS divisions and programs.

Division of Aging and Adult Services Brings Attention to Elder Abuse

The N.C. Department of Health and Health Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services and its partners recently collaborated on efforts to raise awareness about protecting elders across the state.

ICYMI: Buying Health – Not Only Health Care Op-ed and More

An op-ed from DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, on how social determinants affect health and well-being was recently published in the News & Observer.

Governor Cooper Signs Law to Make Traffic Stops Safer for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Legislation that allows deaf and hard of hearing citizens to request a designation for their driver’s license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles was signed into law last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

Opioid Summit ‘Productive,’ ‘Impressive,’ ‘Terrific’

Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., kicked off the Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit Tuesday morning and announced North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan. The plan is a living document that will be updated as progress is made on the opioid epidemic, and new issues and solutions arise.

Increased Use of Naloxone Helps to Save Lives in N.C.

Nearly 7,000 drug overdoses have been reversed in North Carolina since August 2013, thanks to an antidote for opioid overdoses called naloxone.

Stories of Recovery: Speaker Among Those Giving Back

Attendees at the Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit heard messages Tuesday and Wednesday of redemption, of lives turned around and gratitude from people who are continuing in recovery after suffering from addiction. 

How Data are Used to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic

Several data sources are being used by organizations, partners and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to help paint a clear picture of the opioid epidemic, combat the crisis and save lives.

ICYMI: Turning the Tide on Opioid Misuse and Overdose

News reports following this week’s Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit showed widespread interest in the bold plan to attack the opioid crisis that was announced by Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., and supported by Attorney General Josh Stein.

Governor Cooper, Secretary Cohen announce Opioid Action Plan for N.C.

Governor Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., unveiled North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan this week at the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit.

Two Hospitals Selected to Increase Rural Psychiatric, Substance Use Treatment

N.C. DHHS selected two hospitals to increase the number and availability of inpatient psychiatric and substance use treatment beds in rural hospitals.

DHHS Employees Honor Military Who Died in Action, Veterans

N.C. DHHS employees honored military personnel killed in action and deceased veterans prior to Memorial Day.