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Mental Health Providers, Consumers, Advocates Urge Legislators to Close the Health Coverage Gap to Increase Access to Behavioral Treatment

Thursday, May 9, 2019 “The cost of doing nothing is not nothing,” John Owen, mental health consumer, told Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D, at a roundtable to discuss the impact of untreated behavioral health on communities and the challenges of accessing care for those who need it. He called on legislators to follow the lead of 37 other states and expand Medicaid.

Governor Cooper, NCDHHS Promote Hepatitis Awareness, Encourage Vaccination, Testing

Friday, May 3, 2019

Chronic viral hepatitis affects more than 230,000 people in North Carolina, and because many more may have hepatitis but do not realize they are infected until they have symptoms, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day.

DHHS Seeks Public Input at Winterville 'Town Hall' on Improvements to Child Welfare in North Carolina

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Friday, May 3 in Winterville to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.  During the town hall, leaders will share their efforts to improve services to children, youth and families across the state. While questions and comments will be accepted on any area relevant to child welfare, DHHS is particularly interested in hearing ideas for:   •    Keeping children and youth safe •    Having safe, consistent, and nurturing families for children and youth

Statement from Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., about the tragic event at UNC-Charlotte

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

We know that events like this are stressful and there is no right or wrong way to feel. People can experience a wide range of emotions as anxiety manifests differently in everybody. Signs of distress can include: changes in sleep, appetite, energy or substance/medication use and physical manifestations such as headaches or stomach aches. The important thing to know is that there are resources to help people cope with the ramifications of traumatic events. 

Operation Fan Heat Relief to Distribute Fans to Eligible Disabled and Older Adults Beginning May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 As warmer weather arrives in North Carolina, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1 – Oct. 31. As individuals age and develop chronic medical conditions, they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. They may also be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. Operation Fan Heat Relief helps vulnerable adults at risk for heat-related illnesses stay safe during the summer.

DHHS, DPS Create Treatment Pilot for Inmates with Opioid Use Disorder to Transition after Prison

Friday, April 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety are partnering to create a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to reduce the overdose-related deaths of people with an opioid disorder who are re-entering their communities upon leaving prison. 

Online Positive Parenting Program Now Available for Parents in 100 North Carolina Counties

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 North Carolina families with young children can now take advantage of free online parenting support programs. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) offers advice and ideas to help parents create a positive home environment for their children. This resource is now accessible to North Carolina parents through the program’s Triple P Online and Teen Triple P Online courses.  The Triple P online roll-out in all 100 counties is the largest of its kind in the country. Free access is available for 25,000 North Carolina parents and caregivers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month; "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest Winners to be Announced

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in North Carolina, where last year more than 800 cases of tick-borne disease and more than 100 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases were reported, based on preliminary data.

New Data Dashboard Illustrates State, County Impacts of Excessive Alcohol Use in North Carolina

Friday, April 12, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released today an interactive online dashboard, “Alcohol & the Public’s Health in North Carolina,” which provides alcohol-related information on all 100 counties. Assembled by the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the Division of Public Health, the dashboard was developed in response to requests from DHHS’ public health partners who have asked for more accessible data related to excessive alcohol use. 

Growing Number of North Carolina Teens at Risk of Addiction to Nicotine, Study Finds

Thursday, April 11, 2019 High school students are at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, a fact confirmed by a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services analysis of vaping devices confiscated from students at seven schools in various parts of the state.