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Department of Human Services

Department of Human Services

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The West Virginia Department of Human Services promotes a thriving and healthy West Virginia through providing access to critical health care, essential social services and benefits, and trusted information, with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations.

As Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Human Services, my focus is on empowering West Virginians to thrive and lead healthy, safe, and independent lives. By implementing a central point for resources, systems, and processes, this can lead to more comprehensive solutions for the people of West Virginia and improve their quality of life.

Under the guidance of Governor Jim Justice, I aim to strengthen safety net programs, expand access to social services, and promote workforce development initiatives to help individuals and families in West Virginia become self-sufficient.

Cynthia Persily

Cynthia Persily, Ph.D.
Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Human Services


*House Bill 2006, passed during the 2023 Legislative Session, reorganized the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources into three separate departments effective January 1, 2024: West Virginia Department of Health, West Virginia Department of Health Facilities, and West Virginia Department of Human Services.​

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Client Services Hotline (for inquiries for DoHS programs)​
1-800-642-8589
osaclientservices@wv.gov ​​​

News and Announcements

DoHS Extends SNAP Benefit Replacement Application Period for Losses Due to April Storm
04/11/2024
The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), Bureau for Family Assistance (BFA) is extending the time frame for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Replacement applications for some counties, due to the April 2, 2024 storm....more
DoHS’s Bureau for Social Services Launches Leadership Training Program
04/04/2024
The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), Bureau for Social Services (BSS) has launched a 14-week leadership training program, Leaders Thrive, that aims to develop employees’ leadership skills. ...more
DoHS Recognizes April as Family Strengthening and Child Abuse Prevention Month
04/01/2024
DoHS's Bureau for Social Services joins organizations and advocates from across the nation in recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of working together to prevent child abuse and neglect....more
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