Press Releases

DHHS is announcing its plans to realign the core functions of the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), which administers North Carolina's Medicaid program. DMA will have a "flattened" organizational structure with five clearly defined and integrated functions, enhancing its operations and financial controls and increasing efficiency and effectiveness.

In preparation for a major overhaul of the state's Medicaid system, Wos (pronounced 'Vosh') and several NCDHHS officials are touring community hospitals in North Carolina. Her goal is to learn the challenges and accomplishments of health care providers for providing Medicaid services.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos announced today that Courtney Cantrell, Ph.D. will assume the permanent role as the Director of the Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS).

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Margaret "Mardy" Peal submitted her resignation yesterday to pursue an opportunity in the private sector that will allow her to spend more time with her family.

People from McDowell, Caldwell and Alexander counties who are experiencing a mental health crisis or need medical detox from alcohol or drugs will soon be served by a new behavioral health crisis stabilization facility set to open by the fall of 2015 in Lenoir.

North Carolina's second case of chikungunya was confirmed today in an Alamance County resident who recently traveled to the Caribbean. Currently, none of the reported cases of this viral infection have been acquired in North Carolina or the continental United States.