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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. 

DHHS Encourages Medical Professionals and Others to Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging nurses, physicians, behavioral health professionals and others interested in volunteering to help people impacted by the storm to get connected with the appropriate resources and organizations

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 Joins Governor Cooper in Recognizing National Recovery Month

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is joining Governor Roy Cooper and many local, state and federal partners in recognizing September as National Recovery Month. Governor Cooper issued a proclamation this week, noting that more than 700,000 people in North Carolina have a substance use disorder.

NC Payers Council Releases Approach to Further Combat the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The North Carolina Payers Council, a group of public and private health care payers formed as part of Governor Roy Cooper’s 2017 North Carolina Opioid Action Plan to identify, align and implement policies to combat the opioid crisis, today released a report that identifies a five-pronged approach to address the epidemic.

Aug. 31 Is Overdose Awareness Day in North Carolina

Friday, August 31, 2018

Today is Overdose Awareness Day in North Carolina. Proclaimed by Governor Roy Cooper, we’re pausing today to remember loved ones lost to overdose and to learn what can be done to help those who struggle with substance use disorder. In 2016, four North Carolinians died each day from unintentional medication or drug overdose.

Governor Cooper Takes Action to Help NC Seek $25 Million in Federal Grants to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Monday, July 30, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order No. 48, paving the way for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to immediately apply for $25 million in federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.