Press Releases

NCDHHS Identifies Percent of North Carolinians at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

More than half (51.1%) of North Carolina adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because they are 65 or older, have at least one underlying health condition or both, according to data analyzed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

NCDHHS Working Quickly to Secure Federal Resources, Broadening Mental Health and Resilience Supports for All North Carolinians

Monday, May 4, 2020

NCDHHS plans to leverage Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) dollars to implement additional mental health supports and crisis counseling services for North Carolinians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through two connected efforts — the Hope4NC Helpline and a Crisis Counseling Program tailored for COVID-19.

NCDHHS Improving Mental Health Supports for Staff in Health Care Settings, Expanding to Support Staff in Child Care Centers

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is being expanded to support the staff who work in North Carolina’s child care programs.

Operation Fan Heat Relief to Begin Distributing Fans to Eligible Recipients May 1

Monday, April 27, 2020

As the weather starts warming up, the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the NC Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.

NCDHHS Announces Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative

Monday, April 27, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announces today the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative, a new partnership with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

NCDHHS Awarded $2 Million Emergency Grant to Support Behavioral Health Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the state’s behavioral health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina Leaders Act to Protect Workers at Food Processing Facilities

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS), local health departments, plant managers and corporate owners, community health centers and local hospitals are working together to keep workers safe and to help ensure the world’s food supply remains stable.

NC Medicaid Receives Approval for Temporary Plan Changes to Respond to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to temporarily waive certain Medicaid policies as part of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19. 

NCDHHS to Provide Additional Food Benefits for More than 800,000 Children Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 20, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19. NCDHHS is working to operationalize the program and families will begin to receive this benefit in coming weeks.

NCDHHS Shares Strategies for Counties to Support Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Services during COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, April 17, 2020

NCDHHS shares recommended strategies to support local solutions to maintain and sustain services for individuals with behavioral health needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities along with reducing the burden on emergency departments and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.