Main Number: 410-996-5550


About Us

Cecil County Health Department
John M. Byers Health Center
401 Bow Street
Elkton MD 21921

Telephone: (410) 996-5550
Fax: (410) 996-5179
Public Health Emergency: (410) 392-2008
Maryland Relay TTY 800-201-7165

Free Interpreting

Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services.

Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español 410-996-5550 Extension 4680


To improve the health of Cecil County and its residents, in partnership with the community, by providing leadership to find solutions to our health problems through assessment, policy development and assurance of quality health services and education.

  • Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protect against environmental hazards
  • Prevent injury
  • Promote and encourage healthy behavior and mental health
  • Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery
  • Assure the quality and accessibility of health services

The Cecil County Health Department offers services and clinics to all county residents through its six divisions.

  • Administrative Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center
  • Community Health Services
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Special Populations

Administrative Services (410) 996-5550
Laurie Humphries, Director

The Division of Administration provides administrative services to include budget, fiscal, human resources, building, fleet and information technology. Services provided to the public are issuing birth and death certificates, health insurance eligibility determinations, and transportation to non-emergency medical appointments for qualified Medical Assistance recipients.


  • Emergency Preparedness (See Additional Services below for more information)
  • Health Insurance
    • Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program (MCHP) Determination
    • Ambulatory
    • Non-Ambulatory
  • Health Planning and Epidemiology (See Additional Services below for more information)
  • Medicaid Assistance Transportation Program
  • Vital Statistics
    • Birth Certificates
    • Death Certificates

Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (410) 996-5106
Ken Collins, Director

The Division of Addiction Services -- Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, provides substance abuse related education, assessment, intervention and treatment services to adult and adolescent patients and their family members. Services are delivered from community and detention center based programs. The division utilizes a counseling approach and integrates the Stages of Change model. The program recognizes that addiction is a disease that causes changes in the brain, and that substance abuse is influenced by environmental conditions and behavior; recovery from addiction is possible with appropriate treatment and long-term lifestyle changes. Family support and counseling sessions are offered to patients and their families to help increase understanding of the dynamics of addiction. Patients are also encouraged to attend recovery oriented support groups, including Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, several of which are held at the Health Department.

Program Services

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Drug Court - Adjudicated Adult Treatment Program
  • DWI/DUI Assessments, Referral, and Treatment
  • Family Education, Therapy & Resource Connection
  • Group Counseling for Adults & Adolescents
  • Individual Counseling for Adults & Adolescents
  • Prevention Services
  • School Based Screening and Early-Intervention
  • Substance Abuse Diagnostic Assessments
  • Therapeutic Case Management
  • Urine Drug Screen Testing

Community Health Services Division (410) 996-5130
Judi Rodemich, Director

The Division of Community Health Services promotes the health of Cecil County residents and offers a variety of health services for children and adults. Services include:

  • Monitoring and controlling communicable diseases and conditions (communicable disease may include sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, rabies, and other public health disease threats.),
  • Communicable disease surveillance and case management of residents affected by communicable diseases.
  • Outbreak investigation and control,
  • Screening, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections,
  • Home visits for pregnant and post partum women and children,
  • Emergency contraception and family planning services.
  • Case management and referral for children with special health care needs and children with elevated lead levels,
  • Child and adult immunization and immunization tracking and follow up,
  • Assurance of primary care,
  • ACCU/Ombudsman program which helps Medical Assistance clients to access medical healthcare,
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children's) Program nutrition counseling,
  • Communicable Disease Control - 410-996-5100
    • Disease Outbreak Investigation
    • Tuberculosis Screening/Evaluation/Treatment
    • Rabies pre-exposure clinics & post-exposure follow up
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Screening & Treatment
    • AIDS/HIV Counseling and Testing
    • AIDS/HIV Case Management
    • Immunizations - Adult and Children
  • Family Planning - 410-996-5135
    • Birth Control and Exam
    • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
    • Emergency Contraception
    • Pregnancy Tests
    • Wellness Exams
  • Maternal/Child Health - 410-996-5145
    • Immunization Tracking and Follow Up
    • Infants and Toddlers Program (Eligibility Screening, Case Management)
    • School Health Consultation (Vision and Hearing Screening)
    • Children with Special Health Care Needs Evaluation and Case Management
    • Assurance of Primary Care - Assistance in finding a medical home
    • Assistance with MCHP and Health Choice through the ACCU/Ombudsman Program
    • Prenatal, Postpartum and Infant Home Visits to provide Service Coordination and Education for clients with Medical Assistance or if uninsured, Case Management for pregnant women and children under age 2
  • WIC - Women, Infants and Children's Nutrition Program - 410-996-5255


Most services require an appointment, but some are on a walk-in basis.

Environmental Health Division (410) 996-5160
Fred VonStaden, Director

The Environmental Health Division enforces state regulations, conducts inspections, and issues licenses and permits. Services include soil testing for septic systems; well permits; community water supply and sewage systems surveillance; food services inspections; rabies vaccination clinics and control activities; inspection of bathing beaches, swimming pools, public camps, and mobile home parks; issuing burning permits, and nuisance investigations.


  • Food Control
    • Food facility inspection and plan review
    • Outbreak investigation
  • On-site Water and Sewerage
    • Soil evaluations and perc tests
    • Sanitary permit processing
    • Well permits
    • Water sampling
  • Subdivision Development
    • Soil evaluations and perc tests
    • Consultation and plat review
  • Community and Recreational Sanitation
    • Community water supplies
    • Swimming pools
    • Bathing beaches
    • Health care facilities
    • Family day care and foster homes
    • Mobile home parks
    • Public camps
    • Nuisance investigation
  • Rabies Control
  • Air Quality
    • Open Burning Permits
  • Emergency Response
  • Solid Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Air Pollution
  • Radiation Control
Maryland Department of Environment
has major responsibility for these areas


Division of Health Promotion (410) 996-5168
Mary Ellen Rapposelli, Director

The Division of Health Promotion interacts with the community by providing health education and outreach programs. Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Coordinator of Special Programs, and Outreach Workers educate and encourage Cecil County residents to practice behavioral changes that prevent disease and help promote healthy lifestyles. Preschoolers to senior citizens enjoy an extensive range of services and programs including HIV/AIDS prevention, blood pressure screenings, dental sealant program, colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening outreach, free stop smoking programs and Nicotine Replacement Program/Chantix® Services programs. At-risk programs offered are drug use prevention and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Programs. Mini-grants are also available to community groups in the area for tobacco use prevention. Staff assist the Healthy Lifestyles, Cancer and Tobacco Task Forces to develop and implement strategies that address health-related issues and plans to improve overall health in the community. Staff provides information and educational materials on health topics upon request from the community.

Services provided:

  • Cancer Control
    • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
    • Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
    • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Health Education and Community Outreach Programs
  • Improved Pregnancy Outcomes
    • Community Action Team (Child injury and mortality prevention)
    • Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, and Child Fatality Review Board
  • MD Cigarette Restitution Fund Program
    • Colorectal Cancer Education, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program
    • Tobacco Use Prevention and Smoking Cessation Programs/Services
  • Mini-grants Tobacco Use Prevention
  • Oral Health
    • Dental Sealant Program
    • Dental Advisory Board
  • Risk Reduction Programs
    • Fall Prevention
    • Patient Navigation

Special Populations Division (410) 996-5112
Gwen Parrack, Director

The Special Populations Division is comprised of four units. Each of these units provide distinct, yet related, services. The Mental Health-Core Service Agency performs planning and funding of service development for areas not otherwise covered in the public mental health system. Services include funding for the uninsured. The Personal Care program provides in-home practical help to chronically ill persons to allow them to stay in their homes and to live independently, as long as possible. The program is developed for long-term maintenance of patients at risk of institutionalization. Adult Evaluation and Review Services provides assessments for frail adults at risk of institutionalization. This unit develops comprehensive plans of care to allow the client to remain in their home. The Developmental Disabilities program provides case management to eligible residents having a developmental disability or suffering a severe disability occurring prior to the age of 22 years. The goal is to assist the individual to achieve optimal integration into society.

Services provided:

  • Mental Health - Core Service Agency
    • Contract management of grants and services
    • Interagency collaboration for local service development
    • Grievance handling
    • Outreach education services for Public Mental Health System
    • Pharmacy, supportive services for uninsured
  • Personal Care Program
    • Nursing supervision of private personal care providers
  • Adult Evaluation and Review Services
    • Assessments conducted in client's home to evaluate needs, functional eligibilities, and geriatric services.
    • Pre-Admission screening and resident review (PASRR) evaluations for individuals with psychiatric disabilities
  • Developmental Disabilities
    • Resource coordination (case management):
      • For individuals with developmental disabilities
      • For individuals with severe disabilities occurring prior to age 22
    • Monitor in-place services to developmentally disabled individuals

Additional Services

Emergency Preparedness (410) 996-5113
Jerry Truitt, Director

This Office promotes the health of Cecil County residents by providing public health emergency planning and support. Emergency preparedness activities include emergency response planning and evaluation, staff training and curriculum development, and developing publications for public use.

Services provided:

  • Emergency Preparedness
    • Emergency preparedness and response planning
    • Staff training
    • Education development
    • Risk communication
  • Emergency Response


    Health Planning and Epidemiology (443) 245-3767
    Dan Coulter, Health Planner

    This Office promotes the health of Cecil County residents by providing epidemiological planning and support. Epidemiological services include community health assessments, project planning and development, and project evaluation. OEEP works jointly with the Office of Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health Services to provide support and assistance with epidemiological investigations and outbreak control measures.

    Services provided:

    • Community health assessment, planning, and evaluation
    • Health statistics
    • Outbreak investigation and control