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DHHR and Partners to Host Free Workshop January 31 on Comprehensive Opioid Response
DHHR's Office of Drug Control Policy and Bureau for Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, will host a free workshop on a person-centered approach to OUD treatment. ...more
DHHR Releases Report on Youth Vaping
DHHR today released a report, West Virginia Youth and Vaping: A Dangerous Combination, in response to the rapid rise in e-cigarette product use among youth. ...more
DHHR Accepting Comments on DOJ Implementation Plan
DHHR is now accepting public comments on the implementation plan developed as a result of the partnership with the US Department of Justice Comments will be received until February 6, 2020. ...more
DHHR Announces New Breastfeeding Support App for WIC Participants
DHHR, Bureau for Public Health is working to improve nutrition for babies and mothers with Pacify, an app that provides 24/7 breastfeeding support for participants of the WV Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). ...more
DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy Launches Overdose Data Dashboard
DHHR Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) today announced the launch of its interactive Overdose Data Dashboard. ...more
DHHR Announces Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents Must Meet Work Requirements
DHHR is reminding Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) in 36 counties of a work or educational requirement to continue receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. ...more
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
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