Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

altThe Worcester County Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) provides a comprehensive training designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to guide first responders when interacting with individuals in behavioral health crises. The program’s goal is to serve as an expansion of the crisis response system in order to provide collaborative and effective intervention and appropriate service coordination to those in behavioral health crises. 

 
The mission of C.I.T. is to enjoin community leaders, advance public safety and enhance community services to persons with behavioral health issues. The Worcester County C.I.T. is a collaborative program built on strong community partnerships between criminal justice professionals, behavioral health professionals, advocacy groups and community members.
 
Objectives of C.I.T.: 
  • Coordinate training programs that will enhance officer interactions, skills and safety when responding to behavioral health crises
  • Increase officer awareness of individuals at risk of, or experiencing, behavioral health crises
  • Improve effectiveness of officer response to behavioral health  crises
  • Reduce injuries to officers, persons in crises and their family members
  • Provide appropriate service coordination and resource linkage to persons with behavioral health issues
  • Provide community outreach and education on the Worcester County C.I.T. program 
     
 For more information please contact Sandra Ulrich at 410-632-1100 ext. 1146 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 

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WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department is requesting mini-grant proposals from community-based organizations, workplaces, churches, or other interested organizations for youth teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education: Promoting Health Among Teens-Comprehensive education (PHAT-C). To be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding, your program must be an organization which serves young people in Worcester County. Funded organizations will be expected to deliver the PHAT-C education program to a minimum of 12-15 Worcester County youth ages 12-19.

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Snow Hill, MD-The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) requests smoking cessation, education and enforcement proposals for grant funding through Cigarette Restitution Funds by way of the Maryland Department of Health. Community-based organizations, churches, private groups, non-profits, and workplaces are encouraged to apply.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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