Press Releases

R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center Now Certified to Initiate Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Friday, May 10, 2019

To boost North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner recently became certified as an opioid treatment program for people with opioid use disorder. 

Measles Precautions Urged by North Carolina Health Officials

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With multiple measles outbreaks occurring in the United States, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles.

Broughton Hospital to Host Job Fair; Staff Begins Move to New Building

Thursday, May 9, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking job applicants to work at the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, following final acceptance of the new state psychiatric hospital by the State Construction Office. The hospital is scheduled to open for patient care in late September.

Mental Health Providers, Consumers, Advocates Urge Legislators to Close the Health Coverage Gap to Increase Access to Behavioral Treatment

Thursday, May 9, 2019 “The cost of doing nothing is not nothing,” John Owen, mental health consumer, told Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D, at a roundtable to discuss the impact of untreated behavioral health on communities and the challenges of accessing care for those who need it. He called on legislators to follow the lead of 37 other states and expand Medicaid.

Governor Cooper, NCDHHS Promote Hepatitis Awareness, Encourage Vaccination, Testing

Friday, May 3, 2019

Chronic viral hepatitis affects more than 230,000 people in North Carolina, and because many more may have hepatitis but do not realize they are infected until they have symptoms, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day.

DHHS Seeks Public Input at Winterville 'Town Hall' on Improvements to Child Welfare in North Carolina

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Friday, May 3 in Winterville to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.  During the town hall, leaders will share their efforts to improve services to children, youth and families across the state. While questions and comments will be accepted on any area relevant to child welfare, DHHS is particularly interested in hearing ideas for:   •    Keeping children and youth safe •    Having safe, consistent, and nurturing families for children and youth

Statement from Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., about the tragic event at UNC-Charlotte

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

We know that events like this are stressful and there is no right or wrong way to feel. People can experience a wide range of emotions as anxiety manifests differently in everybody. Signs of distress can include: changes in sleep, appetite, energy or substance/medication use and physical manifestations such as headaches or stomach aches. The important thing to know is that there are resources to help people cope with the ramifications of traumatic events. 

Operation Fan Heat Relief to Distribute Fans to Eligible Disabled and Older Adults Beginning May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 As warmer weather arrives in North Carolina, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1 – Oct. 31. As individuals age and develop chronic medical conditions, they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. They may also be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. Operation Fan Heat Relief helps vulnerable adults at risk for heat-related illnesses stay safe during the summer.

DHHS, DPS Create Treatment Pilot for Inmates with Opioid Use Disorder to Transition after Prison

Friday, April 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety are partnering to create a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to reduce the overdose-related deaths of people with an opioid disorder who are re-entering their communities upon leaving prison. 

Online Positive Parenting Program Now Available for Parents in 100 North Carolina Counties

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 North Carolina families with young children can now take advantage of free online parenting support programs. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) offers advice and ideas to help parents create a positive home environment for their children. This resource is now accessible to North Carolina parents through the program’s Triple P Online and Teen Triple P Online courses.  The Triple P online roll-out in all 100 counties is the largest of its kind in the country. Free access is available for 25,000 North Carolina parents and caregivers on a first-come, first-served basis.