NC Department of Health and Human Services http://wunc.org en Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices http://wunc.org/post/investigation-questions-nc-dhhs-hiring-practices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/">North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services</a>' policy manual requires justification memos whenever the department hires contract workers. </span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:52:18 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 26744 at http://wunc.org Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-secretary-makes-flu-shots-mandatory-department-workers <p>Workers at state DHHS healthcare facilities are being required to get flu shots.&nbsp; Secretary Aldona Vos&nbsp; is implementing the policy to fall in line with what some hospitals have done to protect patients' health.&nbsp;<br><br>More than 10,000 employees and volunteers will have until December first to be vaccinated.&nbsp; Luckey Welsh is interim director of the DHHS division of state-operated facilities that house mentally and developmentally disabled patients. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:37:43 +0000 Gurnal Scott 21430 at http://wunc.org DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers State Still Trying To Resolve Issues With New Electronic Food Stamp System http://wunc.org/post/state-still-trying-resolve-issues-new-electronic-food-stamp-system <P>The state's new electronic food distribution system or <A href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/ncfast/">NC FAST</A> has been beset by a myriad of software and other problems that have caused backlogs and delays in issuing food stamps.&nbsp; The new system was rolled out to all 100 counties this past February in hopes of streamlining services for those in need.&nbsp; David Atkinson is director of the Carteret County Department of social services. His county was one of the first to implement NC FAST. He says while his staff is among the most skilled at using the system, it only works about three quarters of the time. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:11:19 +0000 Catherine Brand 20711 at http://wunc.org State Still Trying To Resolve Issues With New Electronic Food Stamp System Secretary Of Health And Human Services Urges Lawmakers To Study Bill http://wunc.org/post/secretary-health-and-human-services-urges-lawmakers-study-bill <p>The head of North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has asked state lawmakers to review a bill that would enact new regulations on abortion providers.<br><br>Secretary Aldona Wos told lawmakers at a committee meeting earlier today that her department and the governor are very concerned about patients' safety. News 14 Carolina broadcast the meeting. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:23:54 +0000 Jessica Jones 18636 at http://wunc.org Secretary Of Health And Human Services Urges Lawmakers To Study Bill Group Home Residents Need Place to Live, New NC Secretary Promises Help http://wunc.org/post/group-home-residents-need-place-live-new-nc-secretary-promises-help <p>North Carolina's new Secretary of Health and Human Services says she's committed to helping residents of group homes find a place to live at the end of the month. About 14 hundred people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities are no longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for personal care services.</p><p>The outgoing Governor, Bev Perdue, allocated one million dollars from a rental assistance fund to keep remaining group home residents in place until the end of January. But everyone's aware that money will run out, says Secretary Aldona Vos.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 7302 at http://wunc.org AIDS Drugs for Low-Income Patients http://wunc.org/post/aids-drugs-low-income-patients <p>Federal money will help get HIV and AIDS drugs to North Carolinians waiting for financial help.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:</strong> There are about 280 HIV and AIDS patients in the state on a waiting list to help pay for life-sustaining drugs. The state received three-million-dollars from the Health Resources and Service Administration to go toward funding the Aids Drug Assistance Program. Lisa Hazirjian heads the North Carolina Aids Action Network.<br> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 1945 at http://wunc.org