Press Releases

Governor Cooper Announces $31 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in NC

Thursday, May 18, 2017

North Carolina is a recipient of more than $31 million to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants.

Work Healthy Living Into New Year's Resolutions

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services encourages adding healthy and smart lifestyle choices to New Year’s resolutions for the coming year.

DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer Receives Award for Work in Mental Health

Monday, December 19, 2016

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Rick Brajer has been presented the John Baggett Advocate Award from the North Carolina chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Bridging Local Systems: Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Services Collaboration

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are partnering to convene Regional Leadership Summits involving Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCO) and Departments of Social Services (DSS) with the goal to foster better collaboration and coordination of care for children, families and adults served by DSS who have behavioral health needs.  

Pilot Programs to Improve Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment

Friday, November 18, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applicants to develop recommendations of Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use, including employing case management and other targeted strategies to help those with mental health and substance use issues across the state. 

Cherry Hospital Completes Patient Moves to New Facility

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Patients have been safely moved and now occupy the new Cherry Hospital as of Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The hospital, dedicated Aug. 30 in a ceremony attended by Gov. Pat McCrory, provides psychiatric care to individuals with the greatest need and  the least resources who live in 38 eastern North Carolina counties.

Dr. Angela Black Smith Recognized for Customer Service

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dr. Angela Black Smith, PharmD, whose research and analysis could save the state $2.5 million a year in prescription costs, recently won recognition as a recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence. 

ICYMI: Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Under Governor McCrory's administration, the Crisis Solutions Initiative, administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on identifying and implementing the best known strategies for crisis care while reducing avoidable visits to emergency departments and involvement with the criminal justice system. For more information on the Crisis Solutions initiative, visit http://crisissolutionsnc.org/ Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville 

ICYMI: First Responders Learn About Mental Health Resources

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services Crisis Solutions Initiative congratulates Stokes County emergency responders for completing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

Governor's Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Presents Update to Legislative Committee

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use provided a legislative committee with an update of its work to improve mental/behavioral health services in North Carolina. The task force will present its final report to Governor McCrory in May.