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DHHR Files Motion to Dismiss Child Welfare Lawsuit
DHHR today filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of WV a motion to dismiss the complaint filed in Jonathan R. et al. v. Justice et al. (Case No. 19-cv-00710)....more
Medical Cannabis Permit Applications to Open December 19
DHHR Bureau for Public Health today announced its Office of Medical Cannabis will begin accepting permit applications for medical cannabis growers, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories on December 19, 2019....more
DHHR Releases Kinship Care Families Study
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families (BCF) today released a Study of Kinship Care Families. ...more
West Virginia CHIP Announces Maternity Services Coverage
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) has added coverage for maternity services. ...more
Foster Care Managed Care Organization Selected
DHHR today announced Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been selected to serve as the Managed Care Organization (MCO) for the specialized managed care program for children and youth in adoption and foster care placement. ...more
DHHR Accepting Comments on Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disorders Policy Manual
DHHR is now accepting public comments on the new Children with Serious Emotional Disorder Waiver policy manual until December 1, 2019....more
DHHR Appoints Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler as West Virginia’s Foster Care Ombudsman
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch today announced the appointment of Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler as the Foster Care Ombudsman for West Virginia, effective October 28, 2019. ...more
Workshop to be held on Substance Use Detoxification
DHHR will host a workshop on substance use detoxification for crisis stabilization and residential treatment providers who provide detoxification services. ...more
Public Forums to be held on the West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan
DHHR's Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment is hosting six regional public forums to allow residents to review and provide comment to the West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan. ...more
DHHR Announces New Education Assistance Program for Therapists and Counselors
​The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is working to address a state and national shortage of medical professionals with a new financial assistance initiative....more
Sharpe Hospital Earns CMS Recertification
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced that William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital (Sharpe) has been readmitted to the Medicare program through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ...more
Gov. Justice - DHHR Data Suggests West Virginia Overdose Deaths Appear to be Declining
After several years of steady increases, DHHR today released preliminary data on 2018 fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia that suggest a leveling off or slight decrease in the total number of overdose deaths. ...more
School Clothing Allowance Applications Accepted through July 31, 2019
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications on Monday, July 1, 2019, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. ...more
DHHR Announces New WIC Income Guidelines
DHHR, Office of Nutrition Services, today announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). ...more
DHHR Partners with US Department of Justice on Child Welfare Reform
DHHR today entered into a partnership with the US Department of Justice by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to serve children with serious mental health conditions....more
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