The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public input into improving services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will hold a listening session on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Haywood Community College’s Beall Auditorium Building #1500. This is the only remaining session to be held in Western North Carolina. A session was scheduled in McDowell County on Sept. 17.

For help

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services operates several hotlines where North Carolinians may get help or make complaints. They are:

  • Children with Special Health-Care Needs Helpline: 1-800-737-3028
  • DHHS Customer Service Center (for help finding information on DHHS services): 1-800-662-7030
  • Home Health and Health Care Complaint Line (for nursing homes, hospitals, group homes and other health-care facilities): 1-800-624-3004

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