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.

Mental Health & Addictions Resources PDF Print E-mail
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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration
web site at adaa.dhmh.maryland.gov.

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.

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.

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 for the LGBTQ informational flyer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:31
 
Resource Guides PDF Print E-mail

Community Emergency Shelters

Resource Guide for the Homeless


Behavioral Health Resource Guide

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:31
 
Financial Aid and Insurance Information PDF Print E-mail

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. 
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 16:34
 
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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 07:23
 
Emergency Preparedness Resources PDF Print E-mail

The following links include additional information and resources for emergency preparedness.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Ready.gov

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Avian Influenza Interim Guidance
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:05
 


WCHD News

Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite 
the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and 
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness 
before and during the baseball game. 
 
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better 
prepared for life’s curve balls. 
 
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices 
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management. 
 
Snow Hill, Maryland- August 1, 2014.  Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  
Read more...
 
Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall.  All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations.  All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines.  School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school.  Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,"  said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services.  "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease.  Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year.  Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis: 
 
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases. 
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
 
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state.  Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.
 


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