Contact:
 Case Management
 
 Phone: 410-632-9230
 
 Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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 The program’s goal is to assist families in obtaining special  medical care for children with chronic illness or disabling  conditions as a payer of last resort. This program generally  assists families who do not have medical insurance, or  families who have medical insurance
that is NOT able to cover  the child’s medical needs/treatment. 


Maryland launches online resource database for children and youth with special health care needs.  Visit this website to see resources that are available: http://specialneeds.dhmh.maryland.gov


General Eligibility for the program:

1.        Be a Maryland resident.

2.        Be younger than 22 years old.

3.        Meet medical requirements: have a diagnosed, or suspected, chronic illness or disability that requires medical evaluation and/or treatment.

4.        Meet financial eligibility requirements. This is determined by the size and income of the family unit. Family unit includes members living in the child’s household. Medical deductions may help the family qualify for services.

Services and Specialty Services commonly covered                

1.        Visits to specialists.

2.        Elective inpatient procedures.                                                 

3.        Medications.

4.        Therapies.           

5.        Lab Work/X-Ray.

6.        Medical equipment.

7.        Cardiology.

8.        Oncology.

9.        Plastic surgery (facial defects).

This service is provided by the Case Management Program.


Infant and Toddler/CMS Newsletters:

About Patient Centered Medical Homes:

A medical home is not a building, house, hospital or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. In a family-centered medical home, the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child's family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. 


For more Information:


About Youth Health Care Transition:

The Children’s Medical Services program assists youth with special health care needs and their families to thoughtfully plan out moving from a child-centered medical provider (pediatrician) to an adult-centered medical provider and for the youth to become more independent with taking care of their health care needs.

Transitioning to an adult-centered health care system is one of the many transitions youth will experience as they reach adulthood.  Other transitions may include graduating from high school, attending college or vocational training, entering the work force and moving away from home to community living.

        Transition Resources

  • Why is youth health care transitioning important?
  • Child-centered health care focuses on the health care needs of children birth-18 years. An adult-centered medical provider will focus on screening and treatment for adult health issues.  Because the pediatricians treating these youth with special health care needs are frequently specialists, it can be a challenge for parents to find an adult medical provider who can appropriately treat their son or daughter’s special health care needs.   
  • As youth become young adults, they are usually able to start to manage their own health care needs. Managing their own health care is essential for their independence and self esteem as an adult.
  • Online Resources for Parents:
             To reach a parent coordinator, contact resource hotline: (800)-638-8864.

 

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WCHD News

As part of Pocomoke City’s 4th Friday on Sept. 27, the Worcester County Health Department will lead a free 1-mile fun walk through the historic downtown district. Registration begins at 5 pm and the walk starts at 5:30 pm.

Click the image below to register for the walk. 

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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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