The School-based Wellness Program consists of licensed mental health professionals who provide counseling to children in the school setting.  The services are provided through the Worcester County Health Department in cooperation with the Board of Education.  Behavioral Health staff are located in Worcester County Public Schools.  Referrals to the program are accepted from school staff, parents, and caretakers.  Caretakers/children are involved in treatment planning and goal setting.

 


Services include individual, group and family therapy.  Diagnostic evaluations as well as medication evaluation and management are available.  Services are provided to children from kindergarten to 12th grade.  We specialize in the treatment of major childhood disorders such as:
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Depression and sadness
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Poor behavior, difficulty listening
  • Psychotic Disorders

In addition to school setting, services may be continued as recommended throughout the summer for individual, group, and/or family as appropriate. A summer camp program may also be available for children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.


Developmental, Hearing, and Vision Screening

Developmental, Hearing, and Vision Screening Services Worcester County Health Department, in collaboration with the Worcester County Board of Education, conducts annual hearing and vision screening in the public elementary schools and with any private school that holds a Certificate of Approval with the State of Maryland Department of Education. The grades in which children are screened are predetermined by regulations. Any abnormal screening result prompts notification to the parent with recommendation for further medical evaluation.

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WCHD News

 

Snow Hill, MD–The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment. The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and council members at the 27th Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception and celebrating the 35th year of the Council’s existence. This will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Worcester Career and Technology High School.

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Fatalities related to intoxication down in Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico in 2017

Snow Hill, MD- Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health last week. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20-percent in Somerset County, 42-percent in Worcester County, and 32-percent in Wicomico County. The drop-off in the Tri-County region comes at a time when overall drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland are on the rise.

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Public Education to Combat Statewide Opioid Epidemic

 Baltimore, MD (January 26, 2018) — The Maryland Department of Health today announced two multi-media advertising campaigns to help raise awareness and combat the state’s opioid epidemic.

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Proposed legislation, increased bed capacity, more positions will mitigate decade-long issue and improve care


Baltimore, MD (January 23, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Health today announced proposed departmental legislation, as well as administrative actions, to address longstanding systemic issues involving court-ordered placements for individuals requiring mental health treatment. The Department has worked diligently to reverse a nearly decade-long problem of backlogs for justice system-involved individuals who require court-ordered placement for mental illness treatment at its hospitals.

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Directs Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers; Announces Plans to Convert Former City Jail into a Secure Treatment Facility, Enhance Data Sharing Among First Responders, Strengthen Volume Dealer Law to Include Fentanyl

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis. The governor also authorized the Attorney General to file suit against select opioid manufacturers and distributors on the grounds that they have misled the public and helped to create the addiction crisis gripping Maryland and the nation.

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Featured Service of the Month

We offer FREE Smoking Cessation Classes

Did you know that the Health Department offers free group and individual smoking cessation counseling offered at sites throughout the county? Monetary vouchers are available for those wishing to add pharmacological therapy (Nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, and CHANTIX) to their behavior change efforts.

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