News Releases: 2018

December 18, 2018
The Monarch House peer-run respite for people experiencing difficulty coping with mental health and substance use challenges is now open in Menomonie. This is one of three peer-run respites funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) that in many cases serve as an alternative to...
December 17, 2018
Underage tobacco sales in Wisconsin fell from 7.1% in 2017 to 5.8% in 2018, according to the Federal Synar Survey , which measures how frequently tobacco retailers sell to minors. The dip in underage sales reverses the upward trend in tobacco sales to minors in recent years. “Retailers are our...
December 11, 2018
Inmates living with opioid use disorder at 16 county jails are eligible for a medication-assisted treatment program funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The program is designed to help people stay off heroin and prescription painkillers after they are released. “The...
December 6, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is granting a temporary extension of Wisconsin’s SeniorCare waiver, which is set to expire at the end of 2018. The temporary extension allows the program to continue as CMS finalizes its review of the application for a long-term...
December 3, 2018
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the recipients of new grants totaling close to $300,000 over two years to assist rural hospitals in filling “high need, high demand” positions – those where the demand for specific professionals exceeds the supply of available...
November 27, 2018
New data show that statewide efforts to reduce smoking rates are paying off , with the state’s smoking rate falling to 16% in 2017 after several years at 17%, according to the Department of Health Services’ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey (BRFSS). One of the biggest reductions is...
November 19, 2018
Health officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to include flu shots in their planning for upcoming holiday get-togethers with family and friends. “We all want to protect our elderly relatives, the new babies joining the family tree, students home from school, and other family and friends who...
November 16, 2018
As Wisconsin’s gun deer season gets underway, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants to remind hunters, their families, and anyone who serves or eats wild game or birds to make sure the meat is handled properly and cooked thoroughly before it is eaten . “Wild game meat, including...

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