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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Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk. Movement of a quarter of a million people joined by local participants in Ocean City, MD.

Ocean City, MD − Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Worcester County are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention. The 8th annual Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. As in years past, walkers will gather at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, with registration beginning at 9am. After opening remarks, the procession will walk to the Inlet, turn and walk to 5th Street, then back to Caroline Street.

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Worcester Health partners with Ocean City Fire Department on “Safe Station” project
Station offers 24/7 access to recovery services

Ocean City, MD- Where would you go if you needed help with addiction right now? The Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Town of Ocean City Fire Department, has launched a “Safe Station” in Ocean City at the 15th Street Fire Station for those seeking immediate help getting into recovery. The station is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for any individuals seeking treatment services.

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In the event of a storm or power outage, it is important to know safety information about food storage and operating generators. Follow the links below for tips about food and generator safety.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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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