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Take Simple Steps to Practice Water Safety and Protect Against Drowning, Health Officials Say

Friday, May 24, 2019

Heading to a beach, lake, river or pool this holiday weekend? Officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services caution swimmers to take steps to ensure water safety, including keeping a close watch on children and young adults and avoiding rip currents at the coast.

North Carolina Offers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at Treatment Centers

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To help those struggling with substance use disorders and enhance public health prevention efforts, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is focusing efforts to reach patients at risk for hepatitis A in the state-operated Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.

NC Health Officials Urge Caution as Temperatures Climb

Thursday, May 23, 2019

With sweltering temperatures forecast over much of North Carolina for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses. 

R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center Now Certified to Initiate Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Friday, May 10, 2019

To boost North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner recently became certified as an opioid treatment program for people with opioid use disorder. 

Measles Precautions Urged by North Carolina Health Officials

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With multiple measles outbreaks occurring in the United States, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles.

Broughton Hospital to Host Job Fair; Staff Begins Move to New Building

Thursday, May 9, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking job applicants to work at the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, following final acceptance of the new state psychiatric hospital by the State Construction Office. The hospital is scheduled to open for patient care in late September.

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.