News Releases: 2023
DHS Selects Providers for New Homeless Assistance Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded grants for a new program designed to help families and pregnant people experiencing homelessness.
DHS Releases New Reports on Infant Deaths in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released two new reports on birth outcomes that continue to shed light on how to best reduce and address significant disparities in infant deaths across Wisconsin.
DHS Secretary-designee Highlights Over $18 Million in Grants at Opioids, Stimulants, and Trauma Summit
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Kirsten Johnson took the stage at the annual Opioids, Stimulant, and Trauma Summit in Wisconsin Dells today to highlight several grant awards totaling over $18 million to tribal nations and local health agencies and other partners t
DHS Announces Pandemic Recovery Grant Awards and Shares Program Highlights
Almost $1.6 million in supplemental funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to 23 county Birth to 3 programs last year is yielding positive results for infants and
DHS Honors State Health Care Providers With the “Wisconsin BigShot” Awards
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded 115 state health care providers its annual “BigShot” awards for their efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases.
DHS Details End of Emergency COVID-19 Response
The federal government has announced the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end May 11.
DHS Awards $8 million for Opioid and Stimulant Treatment Services
Over 4,000 people throughout Wisconsin will have access to treatment for the problem use of opioids or stimulants now through September because of $8 million in grants awarded today by the Department of Health Services (DHS) to three tribal nations and 22 county agencies.
DHS, Partners Renew Commitment to Children’s System of Care Transformation
Representatives from tribal nation, state, and local agencies, as well as children and caregivers, are in Wausau today and tomorrow for the Wisconsin Children’s System of Care Summit, an event organized by the Department of Health Services (DHS) designed to advance the state’s network of services
DHS, Office of Health Equity Celebrate 2023 Minority Health Month
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), including the Office of Health Equity, today join Gov. Tony Evers and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health in recognizing National Minority Health Month.
DHS Awards $10 Million to Construction Projects for Opioid Treatment and Recovery Support Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded $10 million to three organizations for construction of spaces designed to provide treatment and recovery support services for women.
DHS Submits Plan to Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance on How to Use $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted its plan to use nearly $8 million in opioid settlement funds to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) to support prevention, harm reduction, and capital projects to address
DHS Investigating FoodShare Benefits Scam
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating a scam that targets FoodShare members through fake text messages. DHS is alerting members to take steps now to protect their benefits.
Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program Starts to Resume Routine Operations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is notifying all Wisconsinites enrolled in BadgerCare Plus or another Medicaid program they will need to renew their benefits by an assigned due date between June 2023 and May 2024.
Gov. Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) highlights critical portions of Gov. Evers’ 2023-2025 DHS budget proposal, which was introduced February 15, 2023. Gov.
Gov. Evers, DHS Awards $1 million in Grants to Help Reduce Disparities in Behavioral Health Care System
Gov. Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) have awarded $1 million in grants to increase access to mental health and substance use care for underserved communities.
DHS Accepting Applications for Home and Community-Based Services Grants Supporting Quality and Innovation
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has opened applications for $15 million in grant funding to support Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).
DHS Expands Free COVID-19 Testing Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that Wisconsin households can now get two free at-home COVID-19 self-test kits every month through the Say Yes! COVID Test website.
New Multimedia Campaign Focuses on 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
DHS Launches New Campaign to Reinforce the Age 21 Tobacco Law
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a public education campaign with one simple message: 21 is the minimum legal sales age for tobacco and vape products – no matter what.
DHS Monitoring Increase in Toxic Shock Syndrome Cases
Since July 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received five reports of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), with four cases associated with super absorbency tampon use by teenage females. No deaths have been reported.
DHS Releases Plan to Improve Health and Well-Being of Wisconsinites
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released its 2023-2027 State Health Improvement Plan.
DHS Announces Immunization Updates for Children in Child Care Centers and Schools
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced updates to the immunizations needed for children in child care centers and schools.
Governor’s Health Equity Council Releases Full Report
Today, the Governor’s Health Equity Council released its full report “Building a Better Wisconsin: Investing in the Health and Well-being of Wisconsinites” that includes descriptions of each recommendation. Established under Gov.
El DHS busca ideas para los $8 millones de los fondos del acuerdo sobre opioides
El Department of Health Services (DHS) de Wisconsin está pidiendo al público que comparta sus ideas sobre cómo utilizar una segunda ronda de los fondos del acuerdo sobre opioides para proporcionar orientación sobre dónde se deben utilizar los fondos para reducir los daños asociados con el trastor
DHS Seeks Ideas for $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is asking the public to share thoughts on how to use a second round of opioid settlement funds to provide guidance on where money should be spent to reduce harms associated with opioid use disorder.
Federal Government Ends Extra FoodShare Benefits for Wisconsin Households in February 2023
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, passed by Congress in late December, ends a federal program that has been providing additional benefits to households enrolled in Wisconsin’s FoodShare program.
DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon
During National Radon Action Month, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging residents and business owners to test their homes and buildings for radon.