The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is a cabinet-level department of state government, responsible for the state’s health and welfare programs and many social services. Upon its creation in 1989, the DHHR absorbed existing agencies with health and welfare functions, particularly the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. These agencies date their origins through various predecessors to West Virginia’s early days as a state.
The mission of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is to collaborate with stakeholders to promote, protect, manage, and provide appropriate health and human services for our residents to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) provides a wide range of necessary and life-saving services to many West Virginia residents. We also work to protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, our children. Whether you need a birth certificate, Medicaid coverage or temporary assistance, we are ready and willing to help.
DHHR is comprised of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities; Bureau for Child Support Enforcement; Bureau for Children and Families; Bureau for Medical Services; Bureau for Public Health; Office of Inspector General; and West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP). DHHR provides services in all 55 counties through a dedicated staff of nearly 6,000 individuals.
My public service career began at the West Virginia Department of Health, now known as DHHR, and I am honored to return and represent you as your Cabinet Secretary. I will work hard to improve the health and well-being for all West Virginians.
Bill J. Crouch
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