Local Core Services Agencies provide assistance to eligible homeless people

 Snow Hill, Md. – Financial assistance is now available for eligible people to get birth certificates or state identification cards through a program called the Homeless ID Project.

The Core Service Agencies of Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties provide assistance to people who are at risk of being homeless, and who have a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder.

Another program called SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) speeds up disability social security claims. The program is designed to have a decision for disability claims within 90 days.

Information about SOAR and the Homeless ID Project is available at Worcester County Core Service Agency by calling 410-632-3366 or by calling the Somerset-Wicomico Core Service Agency at 410-543-6981.

These projects are essential to help people in the tri-county area on their road to recovery and treatment. Identification cards are needed to access a number of services, entitlements and medical insurance.

About a quarter of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mental illness can disrupt a person’s ability to handle daily tasks. Treatment services are available through the mental health programs of the local health departments. Call your health department to find out more.


 

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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Celebrate life and help raise awareness about suicide prevention on the Boardwalk this September with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. On Saturday, September 22, hundreds of walkers from Maryland and across the country will gather in Ocean City to memorialize the victims of suicide, offer support to friends and family, and to raise funds for suicide awareness and mental health first aid through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will also host the second annual “Celebration of Life” event the night before the walk, to memorialize friends and family lost to suicide.                                                                                                                                                      

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Caroline Street and Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

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Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department confirms that a kitten has tested positive for rabies on August 29, 2018 on Snow Hill Rd (Rt. 12) north of Girdletree. The kitten was a female gray, black and tan striped tabby that was roughly eight-weeks-old. Residents of the property near where the kitten was found did not own the animal and the owners are unknown at this time.

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Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here

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