Press Releases

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. 

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. 

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.

ICYMI: Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville

Monday, May 2, 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. Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville  Julie Ball Asheville Citizen-Times April 21, 2016  

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. 

Governor McCrory Announces Grant to Expand Mental Health Supervision Program for Probationers

Friday, October 30, 2015

Governor Pat McCrory announced today the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has received a $679,000 grant award to expand a specialty mental health probation pilot program to Brunswick, McDowell, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Orange and Durham counties.

North Carolina Receives CDC Funding to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose

Friday, September 4, 2015

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health's Injury and Violence Prevention Branch has received $939,000 in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids.

ICYMI: State health grant will help train Triad-area paramedics

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $5,000 grants Thursday that will allow 11 counties to train paramedics in mental health crisis intervention.

ICYMI: N.C. Hospitals Applaud McCrory's Mental Health Task Force Plan

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Last week, Governor Pat McCrory signed an Executive Order creating a Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force that will be jointly co-chaired by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, M.D. and North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin.