Press Releases

Eight More North Carolina Museums Offering Reduced or Free Admission for Low-Income Families

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Eight museums in North Carolina have been added to the list of attractions offering free or reduced admission to families that receive benefits from the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. The project started in 2017 at the state’s aquariums as a joint initiative between the North Carolina Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources and Health and Human Services and was inspired by the national Museums for All program.  

NCDHHS Kicks Off "Active & Healthy" Minority Health Month

Monday, April 1, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in North Carolina. This year’s is theme “Active & Healthy,” and health advocates will be promoting the benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into daily routines.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Still Available for Families Impacted by Cold Weather

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 North Carolinians struggling to pay heating costs have until March 29 to apply for help. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program has $11 million in funding available to cover up to $400 for heating assistance per family.  With $11 million in funding still available, eligible households can still apply for and, if approved, receive a one-time payment to their heating vendor to help offset the cost of heating their home. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the federally funded program will submit a payment in the amount of $200, $300 or $400.

April Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early for Some; Normal Schedule Resumes in May

Monday, March 18, 2019 Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits.  “We thank families for their patience and understanding during this difficult and uncertain period while we’ve worked to make sure their access to food was uninterrupted. Now it’s time to return them to their normal benefit cycles,” said DHHS Deputy Secretary for Human Services Tara Myers. 

DHHS Issues Final Guidance on Eligibility, Enrollment for Behavioral Health and Intellectual Development Disability Tailored Plans in Medicaid Managed Care

Monday, March 18, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released guidance detailing the eligibility requirements and enrollment processes for Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plans as a part of the Department’s transition to integrated managed care. The Final Guidance document is available on the Medicaid Transformation website. 

Division of Aging and Adult Services Presents Awards for Work with Older, Vulnerable Adults

Friday, March 8, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services agency that promotes independence and dignity for North Carolina’s older citizens, recently recognized the extraordinary works of an individual, a local government agency and a stakeholder’s group for their ongoing work to meet the needs of North Carolina’s older citizens. The Division of Aging and Adult Services has presented recognition awards for more than 25 years to affirm the contributions that mark significant achievements in North Carolina’s efforts to improve services to older adults.

Governor Cooper Releases 2019 NC Early Childhood Action Plan

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today at the Early Childhood Summit in Raleigh, Governor Roy Cooper will release the state’s 2019 NC Early Childhood Action Plan. The plan provides a framework to galvanize coordinated, statewide public-private action to achieve 10 measurable goals for young children that address health, safety, family resilience and learning outcomes.

NC Early Childhood Summit Takes Place Wednesday

Friday, February 22, 2019 Stakeholders from across the state in early childhood health, education and child welfare will gather Wednesday for the 2019 NC Early Childhood Summit in Raleigh to launch the release of the NC Early Childhood Action Plan.   Speakers include Governor Roy Cooper, NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., former Governor James B. Hunt Jr., North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and a keynote address by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.  

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen Named One of 2019’s Top 25 Women Leaders

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2019’s Top 25 Women Leaders. Modern Healthcare’s biennial recognition program honors the top women health care executives who are influencing health policy and care delivery models across the country. 

DHHS Seeks Stakeholder Engagement on Innovative Healthy Opportunities Pilots

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a policy paper and a Request for Information (RFI) to invite feedback on the Healthy Opportunities Pilots — a groundbreaking program that will test and evaluate the impact of integrating evidence-based, non-medical services into the delivery of health care.