Press Releases

DHHS Holds Mental Health Town Hall Meetings to Hear Directly from those Receiving Services

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Mental health leaders will be traveling across North Carolina over the next several months on a town hall listening tour to listen to the concerns and experiences of consumers, families and advocates. Meetings will be held in Wilmington, Winston-Salem and five other locations to be announced.

MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina’s Opioid Response Getting National Attention; State Leaders to Testify at Congressional Hearing

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Kody H. Kinsley from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will testify Tuesday, Jan. 14  at 10 a.m. at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on “A Public Health Emergency: State Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis.”

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.

Governor Cooper Announces $6.5 Million in Grants for Partnerships to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Monday, November 25, 2019

A new federal grant will help North Carolina partner with local justice systems — including local law enforcement, courts and others — to prevent opioid overdoses and connect people to treatment. Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was awarded $6.5 million over the next three years by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

DHHS Receives $10 Million Grant to Promote Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care

Monday, February 11, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently received a five-year, $10-million federal grant to improve the health and well-being of adults and children with challenging mental health issues who live in high need communities.

End of Year Data Shows More Treatment Access Needed to Stem North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unintentional opioid-related overdose resulted in 1,884 deaths in North Carolina last year, a 34 percent increase from the 1,407 deaths attributed to the same cause in 2016, and state health officials say the increase is due to the increase in potent illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl

North Carolina Strengthens its Fight Against Opioid Crisis by Helping Prescribers and Pharmacists Identify Patients at Risk

Monday, November 26, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina is strengthening its fight against the opioid epidemic by expanding the number of pharmacies participating in the Controlled Substance Reporting System. North Carolina is also activating a digital gateway to provide pharmacists and prescribers one-click access to patient information and data to identify those at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death.

North Carolina Receives State and Federal Funding to Support Victims of Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has secured more than $8.5 million in new federal and state funding to support the ongoing behavioral health needs of those impacted by Hurricane Florence. The funds will help make recovery possible for those in the state’s disaster declared counties. 
 

North Carolina Receives 1115 Waiver Approval, a Major Milestone for Medicaid and NC Health Care System

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

North Carolina today received federal approval to implement the transition to Medicaid managed care and integrate physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits. Receiving approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the amended 1115 Demonstration Waiver application submitted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 is a major milestone in implementing North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation and in moving the state’s health care system toward further integration and coordination.

North Carolina Wins $27 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will administer both grants.