West Virginia

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 Releases Statement on Child Death Investigation in Cabell County
05/25/2024
​The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), Bureau for Social Services (BSS) today announced the agency is aware of the death of a three-month-old child on May 24, 2024, in a Cabell County hospital....more
DoHS Secretary Issues Statement on Budget Restoration
05/21/2024
The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS) Cabinet Secretary, Cynthia Persily, Ph.D., today released the following statement regarding the conclusion of the special session....more
DoHS Secretary Releases Statement Regarding Investigation in Boone County
05/21/2024
The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS) Cabinet Secretary, Cynthia Persily, Ph.D., released the following statement on the ongoing investigation into the death of a teenager in Boone County....more
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