North Carolina State Government - Cabinet Departments (2016)

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services

Mission Statement: The Department of Health & Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens - children, elderly, disabled, and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders, and advocacy groups; local, state, and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.

 Rick Brajer
Secretary
Year Established: 1997 
Phone Number: (800) 662-7030 & (919) 855-4800
Current Website: www.ncdhhs.gov
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Number of Employees: 19,000 Number of Facilities: HQ + 13 Centers/Hospitals

101 Blair Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

The Department of Health & Human Services Includes:

The Department of Health & Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.

The Department is divided into thirty (30) divisions and offices. NCDHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas - health, human services, administrative, and support functions.

NCDHHS also oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, mental retardation centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children.

NCDHHS Divisions include:

Aging & Adult Services - works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections.
Services for the Blind - provides services to people who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment.
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing - works to ensure that all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind North Carolinians have the ability to communicate their needs and to receive information easily and effectively in all aspects of their lives, especially their health and well-being.
Child Development & Early Education - implements quality standards for child care and increases access to families and their children across North Carolina.
Human Resources - helps applicants find information on available jobs, provides consultation to managers and supervisors, informs current employees of benefits and services, and spearheads efforts to recruit hard-to-fill vacancies.
Medical Assistance - is to use the resources and partnerships of Medicaid to improve health care for all North Carolinians. The DMA vision is to lead the transformation to a healthier North Carolina.
Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, & Substance Abuse Services - provides quality support to achieve self-determination for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and quality services to promote treatment and recovery for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.
Public Health - promotes disease prevention, health services and health promotion programs that protect communities from communicable diseases, epidemics, and contaminated food and water.
Office of Rural Health - assists underserved communities by improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.
Social Services - provides direct services that address issues of poverty, family violence and exploitation. We aim to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable citizens, and promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
State Operated Health Care Facilities - oversees and manages fourteen (14) state operated healthcare facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and neuro-medical needs.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services - provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.

Administrative & Support Divisions:

- Budget & Analysis
- Office of the Controller
- Council on Developmental Disabilities
- Economic Opportunity
- Education Services
- Environmental Health
- General Counsel
- Health Service Regulation
- Information Technology
- Internal Audit
- Medicaid Management Information Systems
- Office of Communication
- Office of Government Affais
- Office of the Secretary
- Privacy & Security Office
- Procurement & Contract Services
- Property & Construction
- State Center for Health Statistics
- Vital Records

NC Statute Authority for the Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services is authorized by General Statute 143B, Article 3, Paragraph 143B-136.1:

"There is created a department to be known as the Department of Health and Human Services, with the organization, duties, functions, and powers defined in this Article and other applicable provisions of law."

Click Here to view the entire Statute, which describes in greater detail all of the functions of the Department of Health & Human Services.

History of the Department of Health & Human Services:

The DHHS has its origins in the former North Carolina Department of Human Resources (DHR). The DHR was created in 1971 as an umbrella to consolidate what had been more than 300 free-standing state agencies. The first Secretary of Human Resources, Dr. Lenox Baker, was appointed by Governor Robert W. Scott.

The Division of Public Health, an original part of the department, was taken out of the DHR in 1989. Most of its functions were transferred back to the DHR in 1997, when the agency was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services.


Chapter 117, Section 2, Laws of 1879 created the State Department of Health. Secretary Thomas F. Wood submitted the first annual report for year ending 1880 in the Executive & Legislative Documents of 1881.

Past Secretaries of the Deparment of Health & Human Services

Secretary

Year(s)

Rick Brajer

2015 to Present

Aldona Wos

2013 - 2015

Albert Delia (Acting)

2012 - 2013

Lanier M. Cansler

2009 - 2012

Dempsey Benton

2007 - 2009

Carmen Hooker Odom

2001 - 2007

H. David Bruton, M.D.

1997 - 2001

Past Secretaries of the Deparment of Human Resources

Secretary

Year(s)

Charles Robin Britt

1993 - 1997

David T. Flaherty

1987 - 1993

Paul T. Kayye

1987

Phillip J. Kirk, Jr.

1985 - 1987

Lucy H. Bode

1985

Sarah T. Morrow

1977 - 1985

Phillip J. Kirk, Jr.

1976 - 1977

David T. Flaherty

1973 - 1976

Lenox D. Baker

1972 - 1973


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