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DHHS Issues Final Guidance on Eligibility, Enrollment for Behavioral Health and Intellectual Development Disability Tailored Plans in Medicaid Managed Care

Monday, March 18, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released guidance detailing the eligibility requirements and enrollment processes for Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plans as a part of the Department’s transition to integrated managed care. The Final Guidance document is available on the Medicaid Transformation website. 

DHHS Receives $10 Million Grant to Promote Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care

Monday, February 11, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently received a five-year, $10-million federal grant to improve the health and well-being of adults and children with challenging mental health issues who live in high need communities.

End of Year Data Shows More Treatment Access Needed to Stem North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unintentional opioid-related overdose resulted in 1,884 deaths in North Carolina last year, a 34 percent increase from the 1,407 deaths attributed to the same cause in 2016, and state health officials say the increase is due to the increase in potent illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl

North Carolina Strengthens its Fight Against Opioid Crisis by Helping Prescribers and Pharmacists Identify Patients at Risk

Monday, November 26, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina is strengthening its fight against the opioid epidemic by expanding the number of pharmacies participating in the Controlled Substance Reporting System. North Carolina is also activating a digital gateway to provide pharmacists and prescribers one-click access to patient information and data to identify those at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death.

DHHS Announces Grants to Local Health Departments to Address the Opioid Crisis with Community-Driven Strategies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Twenty-two local health departments in North Carolina will receive a share of $1.8 million to implement high-impact, community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis based on the NC Opioid Action Plan.

North Carolina Receives State and Federal Funding to Support Victims of Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has secured more than $8.5 million in new federal and state funding to support the ongoing behavioral health needs of those impacted by Hurricane Florence. The funds will help make recovery possible for those in the state’s disaster declared counties. 
 

North Carolina Receives 1115 Waiver Approval, a Major Milestone for Medicaid and NC Health Care System

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

North Carolina today received federal approval to implement the transition to Medicaid managed care and integrate physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits. Receiving approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the amended 1115 Demonstration Waiver application submitted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 is a major milestone in implementing North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation and in moving the state’s health care system toward further integration and coordination.

North Carolina Wins $27 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will administer both grants. 

DHHS Encourages Medical Professionals and Others to Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging nurses, physicians, behavioral health professionals and others interested in volunteering to help people impacted by the storm to get connected with the appropriate resources and organizations

NC Payers Council Releases Approach to Further Combat the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The North Carolina Payers Council, a group of public and private health care payers formed as part of Governor Roy Cooper’s 2017 North Carolina Opioid Action Plan to identify, align and implement policies to combat the opioid crisis, today released a report that identifies a five-pronged approach to address the epidemic.