Newsletter Articles

DHHS Encourages All North Carolinians Without Health Insurance to Sign Up for Coverage

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services wants all North Carolinians to be as healthy as possible, and having health insurance is a big part of that. If you don’t have health coverage, the Department encourages you to enroll for 2018 through the Health Insurance Marketplace at by next week’s deadline of Friday, Dec. 15.

Secretary Cohen Highlights Opioid Misuse Among Aging, Vulnerable Adults

The Secretary’s speech was part of a seminar held for professionals in the fields of Adult Protective Services, guardianship social work and addiction. It aimed to develop a basic knowledge of issues, challenges and opportunities surrounding the opioid crisis that particularly affect aging and vulnerable adults and their families.

DHHS Controller to Receive Fiscal Integrity Award

Laketha M. Miller, the Director of the DHHS Office of the Controller, has been selected to receive the 2017 State Controller’s Fiscal Integrity Award. The award is presented to a state employee or agency that has demonstrated a record of exemplary adherence to the ethical principles of fiscal integrity and honesty, worked to sustain open government, and earned a reputation for fairness and service to the citizens of North Carolina.

33 DHHS Employees Nominated for Governor’s Award for Excellence

Thirty-three Department of Health and Human Services employees were nominated for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence this year, one of the highest honors a state employee can receive.

Directors Honored for Impact in Vocational Rehabilitation

Senior Director for Employment Services Claudia Horn and Vocational Rehabilitation Services Division Director Tara Myers each won the Director’s Award from the Marketing Association for Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. (MARC). The awards were presented at the organization’s annual meeting and awards luncheon in October. MARC represents a consortium of 14 community rehabilitation programs that provide training and employment services for people with disabilities in western North Carolina.

Seniors, Their Families and Caregivers Give Thanks for PACE

The Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) initiative provides an alternative to nursing facilities for low-income adults who meet Medicaid’s criteria of needing nursing facility services but are able to live in a community setting. PACE is an adult day health program for seniors age 55 and up, and features medical care, meal services, physical therapy, activities, socialization, therapeutic recreation and restorative therapies in one location.

DHHS’ Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch part of Safety City at State Fair

The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program showcased its annual “Safety City” with an event at the 2017 North Carolina State Fair featuring statewide highway safety partners, including the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch of DHHS’ Division of Public Health.

New Study to Examine Opioid Crisis in Western North Carolina

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with RTI International, local health departments, the Harm Reduction Coalition and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop collaborative solutions to opioid use and related public-health problems in eight western North Carolina counties.

DHHS Emergency Medical Staff Respond to Areas Struck by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Two massive hurricanes that brought catastrophic damage to the Florida Keys (Irma) and Puerto Rico (Maria) have been receiving medical support from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Everybody Works NC Promotes Inclusion, Workforce Partnerships at the State Fair

The Everybody Works NC campaign was on display at this year’s North Carolina State Fair, promoting the benefits of a diverse, inclusive workforce and raising awareness about the workforce partnerships that connect employers with the untapped labor force of people with disabilities. 

DHHS Presents Updates to Joint Legislative Oversight Committees

On Oct. 10, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen and members of the DHHS leadership team presented updates to two Joint Legislative Oversight Committees: Health and Human Services, and Medicaid and NC Health Choice.

DHHS Leaders Hear from Front-Line Professionals at N.C. Community Transitions Institute

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services concluded the third annual N.C. Community Transitions Institute Oct. 10 with a listening session at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

N.C. Health Equity Impact Awards Celebrate Leaders, Organizations Making a Difference

The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NC OMHHD) held the first N.C. Health Equity Impact Awards in Raleigh, with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders keynoting the awards banquet.

DHHS Employee Raising Awareness, Funds to Help Diabetes Research

The Joslin Diabetes Center is a world-renowned center for diabetes treatment and research that is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes have long, healthy lives. 

Rowan County Pair is N.C.'s Top Paramedic Team for 2017

A team from Rowan County gave the top performance at this week's North Carolina Paramedic Championship.

First Lady Kristin Cooper Teams Up with State Health Director to Encourage Vaccination Against Flu

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson at Wake County Human Services to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated against the flu.

Deaf Awareness Month Celebrated by Governor Cooper, DSDHH Leaders

Governor Roy Cooper and Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing leadership celebrated September as Deaf Awareness Month during an event at the capitol building on Sept. 6,

During Suicide Prevention Month, DHHS Reminds Public Immediate Help is Available

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reminds North Carolinians that help for a mental health crisis is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or through an online chat at

September is National Preparedness Month

As Hurricane Irma brushes the state, public health officials are joining other statewide emergency response partners to provide resources and tools to local health departments promoting emergency preparedness in local communities. 

DHHS Celebrates National Recovery Month

The goal of National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is to celebrate individuals in recovery and increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders.

Project SEARCH Helps Developmentally-Disabled Youth Transition from School to Work

The Project SEARCH Transition to Work Program recently graduated its first group of participants.

‘We Want to Think About the Whole Person’

With Secretary Mandy Cohen’s leadership, DHHS wants to make sure the behavioral health care needs of beneficiaries are met, and that access to programs that provide people with resources.

ICYMI: NC Pre-K Expansion, NC FAST Pilot Launches and More

The state's pre-kindergarten program, which is administered by DHHS, will expand by 1,800 additional 4-year-olds this year, bringing the total number of children enrolled in NC Pre-K to more than 28,000.

Gov. Cooper Seeks Donations for School Supply Drive

Donation bins are available in all state government buildings in Raleigh, businesses that partner with the N.C. Business Committee on Education, and all State Employee Credit Union branch buildings.

Success Stories Celebrated at Legislative Breakfast

The 22nd C. Odell Tyndell Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the National Rehabilitation Association’s North Carolina chapter, highlights the work of rehabilitation professionals in advancing the personal and economic independence of people with disabilities. 

DHHS Seeks Public Input on Detailed Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Design

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services released its Medicaid managed care proposed program design for the state’s Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs.

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.