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With about six weeks left in the year, the total is approaching 545 adoptions, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]
For nearly a quarter-century, the Journal Star has worked with Lincoln-area human services agencies to bring a happier holiday season to those in need in our community through the Thanks... [Read More]
Edgecombe County's HIV rate has fallen from highest in the state to third highest in North Carolina.Every year the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services generates an annual report documenting the rates of several communicable diseases by county for the state. The cause of this drop could be attributed to a number of factors, ranging from the increased awareness of HIV/STDs, community outreach and educational programs and the various testing programs that the Edgecombe County Health Department conducts while partnering with other agencies including: Edgecombe County Detention Center, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, and various local churches and community... [Read More]
At least five people have fatally overdosed in New London sober homes in about three years. City Human Services Director Jeanne Milstein calls that... [Read More]
CEDAR RAPIDS - From local to state to federal levels, the Iowa Department of Human Services has many eyes on the decisions it makes.One such oversight are the c... [Read More]
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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning people who played with puppies at a Hanover pizzeria that they may have been exposed to a bacterial disease. Officials say five of the 10 puppies imported to Vermont and New Hampshire from Puerto Rico tested positive for leptospirosis. The... [Read More]
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A Maui County committee approved a resolution urging the Hawaii governor and lawmakers to maintain the affordability of an apartment complex where rent could rise to market rates in 2019. The Maui News reports that members of the Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee say the Thursday action is not a solution... [Read More]
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A federal agency and the state of Kansas are at odds over whether Kansas took nearly $18 million in federal funds that it shouldn't have. The Wichita Eagle reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General alleges Kansas improperly counted some children when seeking bonus payments... [Read More]
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Pennsylvania's departments of human services and aging just launched Link to Community Care, a website to help people find local organizations that provide in-home services and supports. [Read More]
 The North Dakota Department of Human Services recently recognized 286 employees for their service. Employees, including some from the Jamestown area, were honored for reaching milestone employment anniversaries. [Read More]
Jamestown Sun The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) presented performance and recognition awards to eight individual employees and other team members at its training... [Read More]
Governor Mary Fallin this evening vetoed most of the revised budget bill approved by legislators in special session. She kept intact parts of the bill that temporarily preserve funding for key health and human services until lawmakers return in another special session to approve long-term funding solutions.   Lawmakers failed to act on other requests the governor made in her call for a special session, such as addressing a long-term solution to continuing budget... [Read More]
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Kansas was overpaid by nearly $18 million by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a new report that recommends the state reimburse the federal government.Overpaid funds came as bonus payments aimed at offsetting the cost of an increased number of children in Medicaid.The report released earlier this month by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services says the state overstated its child Medicaid population for five... [Read More]
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The special session may have ended, but many vital services remain in jeopardy. Friday, the ACLU announced they are taking action to ensure disabled Oklahomans get the care they need. "We just had to file a lawsuit against two public officials here in Oklahoma, and that is the director of the Department of Human Services, as well as the CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority," said ACLU legal director, Brady Henderson. Henderson says it is nothing... [Read More]
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People at a Hanover pizzeria who played with a group of puppies brought in from Puerto Rico earlier this month may be at risk of getting a bacterial disease known as leptospirosis.The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says five of... [Read More]
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IOWA  --  The Department of Human Services has picked its next Medicaid director. Michael Randol has been appointed director of the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. The program helps more than 600,000 Iowans each year. Randol served as the Kansas State Medical Director before this move. [Read More]
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It's National Adoption Month and several families were made official Friday at the Mesa County Courthouse. Mesa County Department of Human Services approves about 20 kids a year for adoption. [Read More]
The flu season is just getting started, and so far activity in North Carolina has been low, health officials say.Influenza, a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses, has claimed three lives across the state since October, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services."It's usually about this many," said Anita Valiani, an influenza epidemiologist for the state.Valiani said the flu season in North Carolina is on track to be about the... [Read More]
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The Oklahoman Opinions TRICIA Howell, the Department of Human Services' deputy director for foster care and adoptions, makes the case for adoption plainly: "No child should have to grow up without a family." Yet in Oklahoma, more than 600 children in the foster care system are doing just that, and waiting to be placed with a "forever family." During the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30, DHS found permanent homes for 2,577 children and youth — the highest total in a single fiscal year since 1998. [Read More]
Tobacco is the most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths a year in this country, with 50,000 deaths of nonsmokers each year from exposure to secondhand smoke. [Read More]
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