Press Releases

NCDHHS Continues COVID-19 Support Services, Community Health Worker Programs into 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will continue two programs that help North Carolinians access services such as relief payments, access to primary medical care, diagnostic testing, food and additional supports during the pandemic.

NCDHHS Awarded Grant to Prepare for 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has been awarded the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 State Planning Grant through Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline). This grant, totaling $129,555, provides support to begin implementing the Lifeline’s new 988 number.

NCDHHS Adds New Data to Vaccine Dashboard

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide information about vaccine doses promised to and received by the state. Users also will be able to see the percent of doses received that have been administered.

NCDHHS Launches “Find My Vaccine Group” to Help North Carolinians Know When They Have a Spot to Take Their Shot

Monday, January 25, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launched a new online tool to help North Carolinians know when they will be eligible to get their vaccine. Find My Vaccine Group walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. People can then sign up to be notified when their group can get vaccinated.

NCDHHS Releases COVID-19 Community Readiness Toolkit to Help Manage Mental Health Needs During Pandemic

Monday, January 25, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the COVID-19 Community Readiness toolkit to help individuals find mental and behavioral health supports and resources in their communities.

NCDHHS Reports First Identified Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant in NC

Saturday, January 23, 2021 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first identification in a North Carolina resident of the COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the United Kingdom in December. The B.1.1.7 variant was identified in a sample from an adult in Mecklenburg County processed by Mako Medical Laboratories. To protect the privacy of the individual, no further information will be released.

NCDOT and NCDHHS Announce Solution to Help Fund Transit Rides to and from COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Today, the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

NCDHHS Awards Contract for Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman Services

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Legal Aid of North Carolina (Legal Aid) will provide Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman services for the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries.

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.

Health Care Workers and Adults 65 and Older Are Next to Receive Vaccine

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older.