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The Planning, Quality and Core Services Division's mission is to keep the health department on top of health needs of the whole county and its visitors.  The program divides its work into the following units:  Planning, Quality Information Services, Core Services Agency and Special Projects.


Planning - tracking the community health need, strategic planning, grant coordination, Public Health student activities, assuring Institution Review Board activities to protect patient rights, writing planning documents, Health Planning Advisory Council.  

WCHD's behavioral health programs are fully accredited by The JointCommission, which requires the monitoring of quality appropriatesness, safety, training and other aspects of patient care. 

Quality Information Systems
- accreditation, coordination, quality improvement coordination, agency dashboard development, health information reporting, support for health publications and media production.
  • Core Service Agency - serves as the local beahvioral healht authority responsble for the planning and monitoring of mental health and substance abuse.
  • Special Projects.
Community Health Data
Worcester County Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Tri-County Health Improvement Plan (T-CHIP)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:53


BALTIMORE (July 17, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun tracking West Nile virus (WNV) and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes for the 2014 season. Maryland residents should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites in order to prevent West Nile Virus. The Department also tracks cases of imported mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue viruses.


Martin O’Malley announced the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council to counter an increase in the number of overdose deaths in an executive order released today. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to theAdministration’s 16 strategic goals and is currently working to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.


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