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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced state funding is available for two substance abuse recovery programs.

 

Both the Collegiate Recovery (CRPs) and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs focus on helping adults who suffer from substance use disorders get their lives back on track.

 

 

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Health officials in West Virginia are reporting the first pediatric flu death of the current season.

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble told media outlets his department was informed of the child's death Monday.

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State officials were in Huntington Friday to highlight an organization that could be impacted by cuts, if budget proposals aren’t passed by the legislature.

WV has a budget crisis. Governor Jim Justice’s budget proposal includes more than $450M in tax increases to cover the majority of a $500M deficit. But still programs like the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver are at risk.

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A federal judge has ruled that five disabled West Virginians should get the same amount of funding they got before cuts were made to the state's Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities waiver program.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston recently issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state Department of Health and Human Resources to reinstate the disabled West Virginians' individualized budgets to the amounts they received in 2014.

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West Virginia health officials plan to survey random households affected by last month's devastating floods in two of the hardest-hit counties.

On Thursday, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced the survey in Kanawha and Greenbrier counties.

Residents who lived or worked in a dozen West Virginia counties during last month's devastating floods may be eligible for disaster-related food stamps.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that residents who aren't normally eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may qualify for the benefits due to life-changing issues. Those include inability to access money in checking or savings accounts, unreimbursed disaster-related expenses and lost or reduced in income as a result of the floods.

The West Virginia Department for Health and Human Resources announced a change today (Monday) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of January 1, 2016, able-bodied adults without dependents in nine West Virginia counties must meet a work or education requirement in order to continue receiving SNAP benefits.

To avoid losing their benefits, SNAP recipients ages 18-49 with no dependent children need to either work or be in an educational program for 20 hours a week, every week.

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A state agency is being sued by a former investigator who says she was fired for being a whistleblower.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that former state Medical Examiner's Office investigator Regina D. Reynolds filed the lawsuit last week. The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health fired Reynolds after she refused to burn human remains to conceal they had been mishandled.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory in response to the blue-green algae blooms in the Ohio River and in some of its tributaries.


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A public-private partnership to identify and provide help for at-risk Medicaid patients was announced Wednesday.

The state has teamed up with the nonprofit company Partners in Health Network. Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling, with the Department of Health and Human Resources, explained the program. She said the first step is to identify Medicaid patients who visit emergency rooms often.

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Health officials are advising patients of a clinic in in the northern panhandle to be tested for some infectious diseases after an investigation discovered questionable practices.