Newsletter Articles

The opioid epidemic has been devastating to North Carolina, causing an average of five deaths in the state every day. North Carolina leaders, including Governor Roy Cooper, have taken steps over the past several years to address the epidemic in our state.

Eleven nurses from the Division of Public Health are among recipients of the 100 Distinguished Public Health Nurses in North Carolina award as part of the Centennial Anniversary of the Office of Public Health Nursing.

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.

Getting the N.C. REAL ID will make it more convenient when you need to board a commercial airplane or visit a military base or other federal facility.

More than 200 community stakeholders engaged in the planning for the Family First Prevention Services Act during a meeting June 5 at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. 

Open Enrollment is underway for state employees to sign up for the State Health Plan, NCFlex benefits and DHHS Supplemental Benefits Plan. But employees must take action soon! The enrollment period ends Oct. 31.

Increased cooperation and cross-divisional partnerships were cited as essential to improving DHHS’ service to North Carolina families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind children at the 2019 National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference, held March 5 in Chicago.

The third annual Bringing it Home: Ending Homeless in NC conference brought together federal, state and local organizations to share best practices on ending homelessness.

In North Carolina, nearly 79,000 people sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2015. Of those, more than 1,800 died, more than 7,000 were hospitalized and nearly 70,000 were treated and released from emergency departments. For survivors, depending on the severity of a TBI, effects can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, vision or hearing, and to emotional functioning that may interfere with finding or keeping a job. This is an area where DHHS’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) can help.

Staff from the Elizabeth City, Washington and Wilmington unit offices of DHHS' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) recently delivered supplies to the local YMCA in Bertie County to help residents who were impacted by Hurricane Isaias in early August.