Press Releases

Governor Notes Progress in Fighting Opioid Epidemic; Unveils Opioid Action Plan 2.0

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today, at the opening of the 2019 Opioid Summit, Governor Roy Cooper highlighted the state’s progress in addressing the opioid epidemic over the last two years and launched the updated Opioid Action Plan 2.0 to continue to combat this issue in North Carolina.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.