West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources News

Patient stabbed in the eye sues Huntington hospital

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 15, 2018

An attack on a Dunbar resident at Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital by another patient prompted a recent lawsuit.

Federal government considering suing W.Va. over foster care crisis

By Kyla Asbury | May 29, 2018

CHARLESTON — A lawsuit might soon be filed against West Virginia by the federal government in response to the foster care crisis that was brought on by the opioid epidemic ravaging the state.

Thousands of state employees shortchanged by pay change

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 10, 2018

CHARLESTON – The state auditor’s office has been served a notice of a pending lawsuit alleging failure to properly calculate and pay the wages of public employees from at least three state agencies.

Kay Casto & Chaney adds three attorneys to new Martinsburg office

By Karen Kidd | Jan 31, 2018

MARTINSBURG — Kay Casto & Chaney is opening the firm's next chapter in its 95-year history with a new office in Martinsburg.

Man claims West Virginia DHHR falsified documents

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 12, 2017

CHARLESTON – A Fayette County man alleges a state agency created or altered documents to fraudulently portray him as a drug user.

Supreme Court says lower court wrongfully dismissed lawsuit against DHHR

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 7, 2017

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a memorandum decision in which it ruled that Monongalia Circuit Court wrongfully dismissed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources that was time-barred.

Programs to receive more than $20 million for drug addiction treatment

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 5, 2017

CHARLESTON – Treatment programs across the state will receive more than $20 million in funding to be to keep the drug addiction treatment programs running.

DHHR to expand drug treatment services with drug company settlement

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 23, 2017

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services announced it will use $22 million from a settlement with drug distributors to combat the drug epidemic in the state.

Employee accuses West Virginia agency of wrongful discharge

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 6, 2017

CHARLESTON — A Lincoln County woman is suing a West Virginia state agency, alleging a hostile work environment and wrongful or constructive eviction.

Parent, son allege state agency allowed child to be molested

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 3, 2017

CHARLESTON — A parent and child are suing a West Virginia state agency, alleging deprivation of the child's constitutional rights.

Four lawsuits blame DHHR for alleged sexual harassment

By Kyla Asbury | May 12, 2017

CHARLESTON - Four lawsuits were filed against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources alleging sexual harassment.

Justices: Nonprofit can't be denied license because of lack of licensed counselor

By Melissa Busch | Mar 9, 2017

CHARLESTON – A state supreme court recently overturned a lower court’s decision to deny a behavioral health center license to a domestic violence center that failed to have a licensed counselor.

Hampshire Co. woman says DHHR failed to investigate reports

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 18, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Hampshire County woman is suing West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources after she claims it failed to investigate reports that she was being abused for three years.

Father blames DHHR for son’s abuse from biological parents

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 14, 2016

CHARLESTON – A father is suing the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources after he claims his adoptive son was abused by his biological parents.

Trust sues state DHHR for minor’s sexual abuse

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 28, 2016

CHARLESTON – A trust is suing the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources after the trustee claims a minor was sexually abused in at least two separate facilities while in its care.

Juvenile Justice Commission issues findings, recommendations

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 23, 2016

CHARLESTON – The Juvenile Justice Commission has issued findings of fact and recommendations from its July 27 public forum on changes to contracts involving youth shelters and residential providers.

Juvenile Justice Commission to host forum on proposed DHHR changes

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 13, 2016

CHARLESTON – The Juvenile Justice Commission will host a public forum later this month regarding the state Department of Health and Human Resources plan to change child shelter care and residential service.

Man sues Coal Country Clinic for negligence in posting YouTube video

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 1, 2016

BECKLEY – A man is suing Coal Country Clinic after he claims the clinic and Dr. Michael Kostenko posted a YouTube video of a lecture in which his name and person were seen in the video.

State reaches $4.2M settlement with five drug companies

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 23, 2016

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, together with the state’s Departments of Health and Human Resources and Military Affairs and Public Safety, have announced combined settlements of more than $4.2 million with five prescription drug wholesalers.

Safe at Home West Virginia creates a brighter future for youth

By Earl Ray Tomblin | Jun 21, 2016

CHARLESTON – As governor, our children’s well-being is one of my top priorities, and I am particularly proud of the progress we have made through the Safe at Home West Virginia program.

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