Press Releases

DHHS Releases Interactive Map Showing Social Determinants of Health Indicators Across North Carolina

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ State Center for Health Statistics has created an interactive map with a series of overlays showing social determinants of health indicators in North Carolina, including the economic, social and neighborhood, and housing and transportation status of residents across the state.

Statement on Cherokee County Department of Social Services

Friday, March 16, 2018

Effective Monday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will temporarily assume leadership of child welfare services at the Cherokee County Department of Social Services, as authorized under state law.

Vendor Selected to Assist with North Carolina’s Social Services Reform

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Office of State Budget and Management, in consultation with the North Carolina Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services, has awarded a $2.5 million contract to SLI Global Solutions LLC subsidiary, the Center for the Support of Families, to provide technical assistance that will strengthen the state’s social services and child welfare programs.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Keeps North Carolina Families Warm

Monday, February 26, 2018

More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating bills through the state-administered Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The federally funded program helps keep families safe and healthy by providing a one-time payment directly to the utility company.

Pilot Program Helps Eligible Foster Youth Obtain Driver’s License

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Foster youth of legal driving age and their caregivers can now be reimbursed for costs related to obtaining a driver’s license through a new pilot program.

Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Accepted Starting Friday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program beginning Friday.

DHHS Begins Reform of Social Services

Friday, September 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services collaborated with the Office of State Budget and Management, which today released a request for proposal seeking a qualified vendor to conduct assessments of the state’s current social services and child welfare programs and develop a comprehensive plan for reform. Proposals are due Nov. 16, and a contract will be in place by March 1, 2018.

Child Welfare Services Implements NC FAST Pilot in Five Counties

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The new technology will also enable cross-county communication when families move across county lines, with the goal of better protecting the more than 11,000 children and youth in foster care and 125,000 children who receive Child Protective Services assessments each year.

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Waiver

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income families save on energy and expenses by installing materials that create a safe, comfortable and energy-efficient home environment.

N.C. Teens in Foster Care May Receive Services Until Age 21

Friday, December 30, 2016

Teens in foster care in North Carolina may continue receiving support services from their 18th to their 21st birthdays through Foster Care 18 to 21, which begins Jan. 1.