The resource links contained in this page offer a wealth of information related to your health. Health Information Sheets offer easy to read information on a variety of health subjects, searchable and arranged in alphabetical order.  The Financial Assistance section provides links to financial aid. Start with the SAIL site for an overview of assistance available and an easy to use questionaire that will help match you to available programs. The Mental Health and Addictions resource links will take you to helpful and informative links related to behavioral health and addictions.

Community Resources


WORCESTER COUNTY YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY 2013

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a national questionnaire used to survey health behaviors, such as bullying and harassment, suicide, overweight and obesity, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, injury and violence, tobacco and alcohol use, and other drug use.

Click here to view the Worcester County Youth Risk Behavior Survey report, presented during a joint meeting between Health Department officials and the Board of Education. worcesterhealth.info/files/Youth risk behavior survey 2013.pdf

The full report, as well as state and county level data, are available at:
http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cdp/SitePages/youth-risk-survey.aspx


LGBTQ Support

Provides information on the Lower Shore Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Coalition.

Click here for the March 2014 LGBTQ informational flyer.

Click here for the Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition Kick-off Events scheduled for October 19th and 20th.

If you or someone you know is a transgender/gender non-conforming individual in need of support, you can reach the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.

LGBT young people (ages 24 and younger) struggling with thoughts of suicide can contact the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

Mental Health & Addictions Resources


Network of Care -  Our Behavioral Health Services have joined the Network of Care. Visit today.

Maryland's Committment to Veterans (MCV)
Resource Quick Guide

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services
"A Life in the Community for Everyone"
web site at
http://www.samhsa.gov

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
Maryland Community Services Locator
at http://www.mdsl.org

Worcester County Department of Social Services (DSS)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
www.aacap.org
Provides information on mental health for children and adolescents

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org
Provides information pertaining to mental health diagnosis’ for children, adolescents, and adults.

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org
Provides information to recognize warning signs of suicidality

Department of Mental Health Office of Health CareQuality
www.dhmh.state.md.us/ohcq
Licensing and certifying mental health providers in Maryland

Life Crisis Center
www.lifecrisiscenter.org
Provides crisis intervention and 24 hour hotline

Mental Health Association of Maryland
www.mhamd.org
Provides family support and advocacy.
 
Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC)
www.dhmh.state.md.us/mma/pac/
MPAP is a state funded program covering people whose income is above that of the Medicaid Program but under the standards of MPAP.

Equitable Insurance Coverage for Mental Health and Drug Treatment


Mental Hygiene Administration
www.dhmh.state.md.us/mha
Provides general information regarding the public mental health systems of Maryland.

Maryland Department of Disabilities
www.mdod.maryland.gov
Provides information regarding services for Maryland residents with disabilities as well as fact sheets regarding various services and programs available.

National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org
Provides information, advocacy, support, and referral for persons with mental illness and their family members. Go to “State and Local NAMI” to find the chapter closest to you.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
www.samhsa.gov
SAMHSA  works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment and mental health services.
SAMHSA's National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357. SAMHSA's National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.

Smoking Cessation Resources

Quit Day


Freedom from Smoking

Survivors of Suicide
www.survivorsofsuicide.com
Provides information to individuals coping with the loss of a loved one through suicide as well as access to local SOS chapters.
 
World Health Organization
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc
Provides information to individuals on recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression.

LGBTQ Support

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lower-Shore-LGBTQ-Coalition/383561388456380

Provides information on the Lower Shore Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Coalition.


Click here to learn more about PFLAG in Salisbury. PFLAG is the nation's largest LGBTQ ally organization. 

Click here for the LGBTQ informational flyer.

Financial Aid and Insurance Information


Maryland Service Access and Information Link (SAIL)

SAIL helps match you to available programs and apply for those programs. A series of questions will help you decide which social services benefits you and members of your family may want to apply.

Maryland Health Connection
State of Maryland health insurance exchange.

Healthcare.gov
Healthcare.gov healps you find insurance options, get help using insurance, get updated on health care laws, access information on the quality of care you are receiving and learn about new preventative and wellness initiatives.

Medicaid.gov
Medicaid.gov helps you learn about each state's Medicaid and children's health insurance programs.

Worcester County Network of Care - Health Communities
Network of Care is an interactive website where you can easily access a wide variety of information on resources, services and programs. 

Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program (MCHIP)
The Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines. 

Maryland Children's Health Program Premium (MCHP Premium)
Maryland Children's Health Insurance Premium Program gives full health benefits for income eligible children up to age 19 who do not qualify for the free MCHP program. By paying one low monthly premium per family, children et health care through HealthChoice.

Medical Assistance for Families Program
The Medical Assistance for Families Program provides full health benefits to parents and other family members caring for children. Eligibility depends on family size and income. 

Maryland Family Planning Program
Provides services to eligible women under 51 years old. The Family Planning Program offers a limited benefit package.

Children's Medical Services
Children's Medical Services is a program that can help low-income, uninsured or underinsured Maryland residents ages 0-21 to get specialty care for chronic illness or disability by providing payment for the needed services.

Maryland Health Insurance Plan
MHIP was created for Maryland residents who are unable to obtain health insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions or private coverage is available, but benefits are excluded because of the health condition.

Maryland Health Insurance Plan Federal
MHIP Federal was created for Maryland residents who are unable to obtain health insurance due to pre-existing medicacl conditoins

Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program
EID extends Medical Assistance health benefits to working Marylanders with disabilities. This program lets you return to worka nd keep your health benefits by paying a small fee.

Maryland Waiver Programs
Waiver programs through Mediciaid is responsible for the implementation and ongoing administration of home and community-based services waivers and targeted case management programs for special population groups such as the elderly, the mentally ill and the physically and mentally disabled.

Maryland Insurance Administration
Can help you learn what types of insurance coverages are avilable at what cost and assist you if you have a complaint about how your insurance company response when you file a claim.

Worcester County Health Department ACCU/Ombudsman Program: 410-629-0164 
Provides outreach, education and care coordination activities to the Medical Assistance population as well as the uninsured and underinsured populations. The program insures that clients remain in care and that all populations have access to needed health care services, local resources and programs. 
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

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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