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Montgomery County Public Health Services

CHILD FIND

This program is a statewide program to ensure that children between the ages of birth to 3 years of age that are at risk of having a developmental delay are monitored. The Child Find Program is voluntary to families. Information on developmental milestones is sent to families and Primary Health Care Providers for enrolled children at 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months of age. This program works as a partnership with you, focusing on the best possible outcome for your child. If a child does not have a Primary Health Care Provider, Child Find will assist the family in locating a provider.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS (CSHCN)

The CSHCN Program is a statewide system of care for children, birth to 21 years of age and their families. The Program works to link families with appropriate health and related services to identify and resolve gaps or barriers in services, and to assure access to quality health care.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM (EIP)

The EIP helps children from birth to 3 years of age with a confirmed or diagnosed developmental delay or disability. With the help of a family service coordinator, a family with concerns about their child's development can have a screening and/or evaluation by an approved provider. If your child qualifies, the program arranges for services.

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

This program offers special education services for eligible children ages three to five. The local County program works with each school district's Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to provide and coordinate services for eligible children. For further information, contact the Chairperson for Preschool Special Education at your local school district.

CAR SEAT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM

Car seats are available through a distribution program for financially disadvantaged families. Those in need, please call for further information.

CHRONIC DISEASE

There are many different chronic diseases. If you need more information about a chronic disease, we may be able to help you. Please call for more information. Montgomery County Public Health is part of the RHENSOM (the Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego and Montgomery), which is designed to provide health education and information that promotes a healthy lifestyle to the member rural areas. The focus is on healthy eating and exercise as a means to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases along with education about these issues. As a member of the Pediatric Asthma Coalition of the Capitol Region this multi-County organization is working to educate professionals and the community about asthma. For more information click here*.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The communicable disease program is responsible for investigating reports of communicable disease as reported by physicians, hospitals and labs. Case investigation and follow up education is provided to the public for the current reportable diseases. For more information click here*.
The New York State Department of Health's Reporting Requirements are available here: http://www.health.ny.gov/forms/instructions/doh-389_instructions.pdf* .

HEALTH EDUCATION

The education of County residents is an important component of the Public Health Department. The Community Health Nurses, the Community Health Worker and the Coordinated Children’s Services staff provide health education. Education takes place on home visits, during clinics, in coordination with other departments and during various health fairs and community events, as well as through the media. Through coordination with other area agencies and organizations, health education is provided throughout the County.

IMMUNIZATION

At Montgomery County Public Health, we work to ensure that the children in our County are fully vaccinated according to the recommended schedule. Vaccines are provided to eligible children through our VFC (Vaccines For Children) program. Associated administration fees are based on a sliding fee scale. Adult vaccines are also available at a nominal fee. Clinics are available at our office in Fonda. Call 853-3531 for further information or to schedule an appointment. Annual adult influenza clinics are also offered in the fall. For more information click here*.

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION

The lead poisoning prevention program works to educate and inform the public on the dangers of lead poisoning and provides a comprehensive program to children with elevated lead levels. Lead screening is available at all our clinics at a sliding fee scale. For more information click here*.

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH SERVICES

A broad range of free services is available to pregnant women and new moms in Montgomery County. A nurse offers all new moms a home visit. During this visit the nurse gives guidance and information on parenting and baby care. An assessment of the baby is done. A packet of information is left with the family, offering information on various health topics, such as, immunizations, family planning, breastfeeding/ formula preparation and safety issues. Videos on infant care are also available. Referrals are made to other agencies as needed.

PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

The PHCP is a diagnostic program offering financial assistance to families who have exceptional medical expenses related to their child’s (aged birth to 21) diagnostic needs. Diagnosis for suspected disabilities is cost free.

RABIES PREVENTION PROGRAM

This program has someone on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This program investigates and monitors all suspect or confirmed rabies cases. Low cost dog/cat/ferret vaccination clinics are held throughout the County to protect your pets. The Community Health Worker provide education to school children. For more information click here*.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE/HIV PREVENTION

The Urgent Care professional staff at St. Mary's Healthcare Rao Outpatient Pavilion in Amsterdam provides confidential and anonymous testing, counseling and sexually transmitted disease diagnosis and treatment. This service is provided free of charge.

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