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Governor Cooper Proclaims July 26 as ADA Day in North Carolina

Thursday, July 25, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed Friday as Americans with Disabilities Day in North Carolina, honoring the more than 1.3 million North Carolinians who have a disability and reminding all that the Americans with Disabilities Act, which turns 29 on Friday, is landmark legislation that promotes full inclusion and integration for people with disabilities into their communities.

Test Results Indicate High Health Risk from Contact with Chowan River Algal Bloom

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging the public to stay out of the Chowan River near Arrowhead Beach because of an algal bloom producing a toxin called microcystin. 

Governor Cooper Signs the Opioid Response Act and Other Bills Into Law

Monday, July 22, 2019 Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the House Bill 325, the Opioid Epidemic Response Act, to help increase access to medication assisted treatment and expand harm reduction measures to reduce opioid overdose deaths across the state. Gov Cooper was joined by lawmakers from both parties and families affected by the substance abuse crisis. The bill garnered widespread support from the General Assembly led by Senator Jim Davis and Senator Gladys A. Robinson. The Opioid Epidemic Response Act will:

NC Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment Begins Today in 27 Counties

Monday, July 15, 2019 Open enrollment for Medicaid managed care begins today in 27 counties. From July 15 through Sept. 13, 2019, more than 300,000 households with nearly 540,000 people in Medicaid can choose a health plan to provide their Medicaid services, along with a primary care provider.

NC Receives $1.2 Million in Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Six Rural Communities

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Six rural North Carolina communities will share $1.2 million in federal grant funds to strengthen and expand their response to opioid use disorder with increased planning; prevention; evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment; and recovery service delivery.

Funding to Help North Carolinians Keep Cool

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources. 

Food Safety Tips for Independence Day

Monday, July 1, 2019

Because many Fourth of July celebrations include grilling, picnics and other outdoor food events, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is promoting easy steps everyone should take to avoid foodborne illnesses associated with summer heat.

The Walter B. Jones Center Celebrates 50 Years of Recovery, Expands Treatment Services

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center on Wednesday celebrated 50 years of recovery services and the expansion of treatment services for residents of eastern North Carolina.

Governor Notes Progress in Fighting Opioid Epidemic; Unveils Opioid Action Plan 2.0

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today, at the opening of the 2019 Opioid Summit, Governor Roy Cooper highlighted the state’s progress in addressing the opioid epidemic over the last two years and launched the updated Opioid Action Plan 2.0 to continue to combat this issue in North Carolina.

DHHS Seeks Public Input at Hickory ‘Town Hall’ on Improvements to Child Welfare in North Carolina

Monday, June 3, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 5 in Hickory to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.