Press Releases

2021 John R. Larkins Award Honoree Presented to NCDHHS’ April Parker

Friday, January 15, 2021

April Parker, a social worker and program coordinator with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Central Regional Hospital, was honored today as the recipient of the 2021 John R. Larkins Award.

DHHS Expanding Outpatient Treatment Options at Walter B. Jones Center

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding services at the Walter B. Jones Center to include outpatient opioid treatment for residents of eastern North Carolina.

Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center Celebrates 50 Years of Recovery

Monday, September 23, 2019 BLACK MOUNTAIN — The Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center celebrated 50 years of recovery services for residents of western North Carolina with a community event held Sept. 21.

North Carolina Offers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at Treatment Centers

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To help those struggling with substance use disorders and enhance public health prevention efforts, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is focusing efforts to reach patients at risk for hepatitis A in the state-operated Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.

Caswell Developmental Center Experiencing Phone Outage

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Caswell Developmental Center, a state-operated developmental center in Kinston that serves the state's eastern region, is experiencing a phone outage due to its service provider, CenturyLink, having widespread outages. Caswell Developmental Center has maintained frequent and regular contact with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the center, and DHHS has reached out to guardians to notify them of the outage. All residents are currently doing well, and should any individual concerns arise, guardians will be contacted.

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.

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.

Governor McCrory Celebrates Grand Opening of New Cherry Hospital

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Rick Brajer joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Hospital today. Staff will begin transferring patients to the state-operated psychiatric hospital in late September.