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.

Download our Developmental Disabilities Resource Guide
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Spring is just on the horizon and Worcester Health is encouraging residents to take part in this year's #1BillionStepsChallenge. Our team this year is WorcesterSpringSteps (#273). You can register with the link below through MoveSpring using the code APHA2019. It is completely free to register and participate.

For more information please contact 410-632-0056. Thank you!

(Click the image below to register)

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What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

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Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

Take Care During Winter Storms:

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

Learn more about snow and extreme cold safety here.

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Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) equip local jurisdictions to determine their public health priorities and address specific public health concerns. The Worcester County Local Health Improvement Coalition seeks a broad membership from the community to assist the local health department and its partners in determining local health priorities and the Community Health Improvement Plan. 

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Salisbury, MD- What do you picture when you think of “heart health?” We asked women across the Lower Eastern Shore to tell their stories about how heart health has affected their families and themselves, as well as the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are sharing those accounts across social media and screening the videos at the 2019 Go Red event in February.

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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.

 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program