Press Releases

DHHS Seeks Public Input at Hickory ‘Town Hall’ on Improvements to Child Welfare in North Carolina

Monday, June 3, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 5 in Hickory to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.

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

Healthy Connections Play a Vital Role in the Prevention of Child Abuse

Friday, April 5, 2019 To highlight the importance of healthy, caring connections between children and their parents and the communities in which they live, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.

NCDHHS Kicks Off "Active & Healthy" Minority Health Month

Monday, April 1, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in North Carolina. This year’s is theme “Active & Healthy,” and health advocates will be promoting the benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into daily routines.

April Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early for Some; Normal Schedule Resumes in May

Monday, March 18, 2019 Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits.  “We thank families for their patience and understanding during this difficult and uncertain period while we’ve worked to make sure their access to food was uninterrupted. Now it’s time to return them to their normal benefit cycles,” said DHHS Deputy Secretary for Human Services Tara Myers. 

March Food and Nutrition Services Benefits To Be Delivered Early

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Because of the federal shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. March benefits for all recipients will be distributed by March 3.  

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown

Friday, January 11, 2019

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

State Health Officials Encourage Precautions, Remind North Carolinians of Services During Wintry Weather

Friday, December 7, 2018

With temperatures dipping significantly across the state and snow on its way for much of the state, North Carolina health officials are encouraging residents to take health and safety precautions as winter arrives.

DHHS Extends Public Input Period for Draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan to Dec. 21

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has extended the public input period for the draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. 

Help with Heating Costs Available Starting Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Low-income households with a person 60 or older or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services that need help covering the cost of heating their home this winter can apply for assistance starting Dec. 3.