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Summit Engages Partners, Leaders to Continue Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in NC

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.

Media Campaigns Raise Awareness of Opioid Epidemic, Encourage Action

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.

Back@Home North Carolina to Be Adopted as National Model

Back @ Home North Carolina, a program that connects disaster survivors with services and rental assistance to prevent homelessness, has generated national interest after helping 270 families find and sustain permanent housing after Hurricane Florence.

DHHS Shoutouts: June 6, 2019

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. 

Program for Students with Disabilities Honors Third Graduating Class

The Project SEARCH Transition to Work Program celebrated nine graduates during a ceremony held last month at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Campus.

Dr. Michelle Aurelius Named Chief Medical Examiner for North Carolina

Dr. Michelle Aurelius has been appointed Chief Medical Examiner for the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (NC OCME).

Resources Available for Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care

The Division of Health Benefits’ Provider Services has developed a comprehensive plan to engage and support providers through the transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care. The plan includes both web resources and live interaction with providers.

Toxicology Lab Receives Two-year Reaccreditation from National Board

The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the Toxicology Laboratory for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has received reaccreditation from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

2019 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit

The 2019 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit is an event that allows North Carolinians to learn about solutions to address the opioid epidemic. 

Public Health Branch Partners with NC Justice Academy to Improve Customer Service

A shared database system will be used by the Division of Public Health’s Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch and the North Carolina Justice Academy beginning July 1 to improve internal efficiencies and customer service through the class registration process for law enforcement officers in the state.