Department of Health, West Virginia
The purpose of the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is to administer health programs and services that benefit the citizens of West Virginia. DHHR include the Bureau of Public Health, the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement, the Bureau for Children and Families, the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, and the Bureau for Medical Services.
Budget information for the Department is not available on the website, but can be accessed on the West Virginia government official website.
Total Available Funds - Fiscal Year 2012
(Estimated - Beginning balance plus revenues)
Recommended Expenditures by Division - Fiscal Year 2012
|Children and Families||13.1%|
|Administration and Other||2.3%|
|Child Support Enforcement||0.9%|
The Department is responsible for administering the State's Medicaid program, which provides medical care to qualifying individuals who cannot afford that care.
The Department also manages the State's food stamp, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, which provides monthly benefits to help qualifying individuals and households buy food.
The State's Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) program, which helps working families who cannot afford or do not have access to health insurance for their children under age 19, is also run by DHHR. CHIP enrollment for February 2011 totaled 24,324. 48.6% of the population under age 19 was enrolled in CHIP or Medicaid.
DHHR also runs the State's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program through the Bureau for Public Health, which was "designed to promote a healthy start for West Virginia's children" through services that ensure nutrition education and supplemental nutrition for women, children, and infants.
Freedom of Information Act procedures do not appear to be available.
Salary information for Department leaders is not disclosed.