Newsletter Articles

To assist in the recovery of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, peer support specialists are being utilized more frequently throughout North Carolina and as part of programs and facilities operated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

January marks the 10th anniversary of when North Carolina's smoke-free restaurants and bars law went into effect. A decade later, the law remains the strongest in the Southeast.

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.

Chris Hoke, Chief of the Division of Public Health's Office of Regulatory and Legal Affairs, was presented the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award on Jan. 18 during the statewide Public Health Leaders' Conference in Raleigh.

The Office of Communications is pleased to share updated branding guidance for DHHS that replaces the “NC Tree' and uses the state seal.

The Dix Café held its grand opening Friday to an enthusiastic crowd that sampled cinnamon buns, cake and drinks and admired the renovated space at 100 Cafeteria Road.

A state project that helps Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians who live in inpatient facilities move into their own homes and communities with supports has been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. 

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.

Each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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.

DHHS' Division of Public Health partnered with the City of Raleigh Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 epidemic with an exhibit designed by COR Museum Research Educator Ed Longe that guides visitors through North Carolina's experience and response to the epidemic, and what science has learned about handling epidemics today and for the future.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Healthcare Association have awarded six North Carolina hospitals and health systems grants for a pilot program to combat the opioid crisis in North Carolina.

The Division of Social Services' Economic and Family Services section collected 292 pounds of food for the Inter-Faith Food Ministry, which supports programs that help feed low-income families through efforts like the Backpack Buddies.

Better supporting women before and after they give birth can help improve the health of babies in North Carolina. That was the focus of the first of three panel discussions at the North Carolina Early Childhood Summit on Feb. 27, as part of the launch of the North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan.

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.