With shutdown over, state, local services get back on track


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Now that the federal government is open again services around the country are getting back on track.

In the Cape Fear organizations that had to make cuts during the shutdown are working hard to bring programs back to people in our area.

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Thursday North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services got an early start to reinstating programs.

“Some of us were here around 6 a.m.,” DHHS Deputy Secretary Sherry Bradsher said. “We started with the programs that really had a direct impact on clients, and by 10:30 we had most services up and operational.”

During the shutdown New Hanover County Manager chris coudriet said the county’s department of social services was losing $300,000 weekly. Now DSS says it got the OK from the state to fund all its programs.

“It is a great deal of manpower to be able to do that, but this at least this is positive,” said Christine McNamee of New Hanover County DSS.

Bradsher says what she is seeing at the state level the echoes that message. She says she has never seen a group of people work as hard.

“We are very happy to be back at work and be serving the citizens of the state,” she said.

DHHS says it will take a few days to get the money transferred from the federal government to the state and then to whatever agency is providing the service.