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The Governor's Award for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee can receive for dedicated service to the State of North Carolina and its citizens. The Governor's Awards for Excellence program acknowledges and expresses 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.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams within the NC Department of Health and Human Services have worked to ensure telehealth is easier to use for both patients and providers.

Sunday, July 27, marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was enacted with the promise of full and equal access to civic, economic and social life for Americans with disabilities. North Carolina and 300 participants celebrated this milestone on Thursday, July 23, with a virtual ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration to honor the progress of the last three decades while recognizing the ongoing efforts by self-advocates with disabilities and allies to achieve equal access and full inclusion in community life.

July was first named Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 and was created to highlight mental health resources and treatment in minority communities.

Earlier this month, Project SEARCH celebrated eight graduating interns with a car parade and certificate ceremony. The program is part of a collaboration between NCDHHS and other groups to assist individuals with disabilities in learning job skills and finding long-term employment

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is celebrating the 100 th anniversary of North Carolina's vocational rehabilitation (VR) program, which supports people with disabilities as they prepare for, secure and advance in competitive employment in communities throughout the state.

DHHS’ Division of Child Development and Early Education has opened a Nursing and Wellness Room at its main office in Raleigh.

NCDHHS recognizes employees and partners doing positive work in their communities.

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.

The Adaptive Engineering Technology team at the Riddle Center designs, modifies and repairs specialty wheelchairs – most of which are very complex in function – and makes or modifies items such as helmets, splints and beds to assist residents with activities of daily living.

Hope 4 NC helped provide behavioral health resources to areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health (ORH) is hosting six meetings across the state to gather stakeholder input regarding the J-1 Visa Waiver program and NC’s Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs under N.C. General Assembly Session Law HB 998.

Five named to North Carolina Institute of Medicine; Dr. Carrie Brown was featured on "Education Matters" discussing youth mental health and DHHS hosts Red Cross blood drive. 

For young adults struggling with mental health and substance use disorders, the transition to college can be challenging. To put that into perspective, more than 570,000 people in North Carolina – or 6.3 percent of North Carolinians over age 12 – are living with a substance use disorder.