Newsletter Articles

DPH's Dellapena, Foust Honored for Work; Broughton on List of Most Beautiful Hospitals in US; MFP Program Celebrates Milestone

A renowned researcher on early childhood encouraged North Carolina advocates to go beyond traditional thinking to improve the health, safety and well-being of the state's children.

Kody Kinsley, DHHS Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, recently joined a North Carolina delegation at the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Having health insurance is a big part of being healthy. If you don't have health coverage, consider enrolling for 2020 coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2019.

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.

North Carolina Medicaid, which ensures that nearly 2 million children, seniors and people with disabilities receive health care, finished the 2017 state fiscal year with more than $86 million in cash-on-hand. In addition to key improvements to the Medicaid program to combat the opioid crisis and improve overall accountability, it was the fourth straight year for Medicaid to close with savings.

The deadline for giving to the 2018 State Employees Combined Campaign has been extended to Dec. 14.

Governor Roy Cooper honored rehabilitation counselors for their work with people with disabilities in a proclamation that sets March 22 as “Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day” in North Carolina, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services is celebrating them too. 

The two-day Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit held last week served as an opportunity to reflect on progress made in North Carolina’s fight against the opioid epidemic and as a rallying cry to continue to invest in supporting communities through prevention and treatment of opioid misuse and overdose.

NCDHHS staff are mobilizing across divisions to make progress on North Carolina's Early Childhood Action Plan. Department leaders recently spent two days working in cross-sector teams to strategize and make plans to leverage and align work in three priority areas for 2020.

The Veterans Life Center, a residential program designed to improve the lives of veterans who are experiencing reintegration problems after serving in the military, held a grand opening on Aug. 1. The facility provides temporary housing and services to help veterans achieve self-reliance.

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.

The Governor's Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee may receive. The annual award program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and state service. The deadline for DHHS nominations for the North Carolina Governor's Awards for Excellence is March 12.

DHHS Office of Emergency Medical Services deployed their mobile surgical unit to St. Croix as the island recovers from two hurricanes.