Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Main Number: 410-996-5550
Public Health Emergencies: 410-392-2008



Mental Health or Substance Abuse Crisis?
For information, referral or crisis assistance with
a substance abuse or mental health issue, call
Upper Shore Crisis Resource Helpline
Maryland 2-1-1. Help Happens Here
Need help? Don't know who to call? Call 2-1-1.

2-1-1 provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues with one easy call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get Help: Dial 2-1-1

Stay Safe in Hot Weather
Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009.

Here are some facts about which people are at greatest risk for heat-related illness and what protective actions to take to prevent illness or death:

  • People who are at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.
  • But even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
  • Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.

Read more here

Moving Toward a Healthier Cecil County
Cecil County Community Health Advisory Committee
Semi-Annual Meeting
Thursday, July 17, 2014
4:30 p.m.

 The Cecil County Community Health Advisory Committee (CHAC) is a driving force for action and engagement for a healthier Cecil County. At the semi-annual meeting the individual CHAC task forces give an update on progress efforts to extend life expectancy, improve access to health care, reduce childhood obesity, and move the needle on other critical health goals.

Task Force and other group reports

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council
  • Cancer Task Force
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Tobacco Task Force
  • Healthy Lifestyles Task Force
  • Mental Health Core Service Agency
  • Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework
Help Fight the Alarming Number of Overdose Deaths in Cecil County
To eliminate the number of senseless deaths caused by overdose, Cecil County Health Department now offers training on the use of naloxone, a life-saving drug that can rapidly reverse an overdose resulting from opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, or heroin.

After completion of training, participants receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone for use in event of an overdose emergency.

For more information or to see if you qualify, contact:
Karl Webner, Overdose Prevention Coordinator

Download a copy of the flyer here. 

Voices of Hope for Cecil County Now on Facebook
Voices of Hope for Cecil County is a project of the Cecil County Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center that serves as a vehicle to help those who struggle with addiction and support their loved ones. We strive to be a strong, positive force that will improve public perception and awareness of recovery in our community.

Long term recovery from addiction is happening in Cecil County. Be sure to like us on Facebook and be part of the force.

2014 Point-in-Time Survey Results
The Point-in-Time Survey is a one-day, statistically reliable, count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in Cecil County.

Find this year's results here. 

Beach Sampling Changes
Cecil County Health Department will no longer sample and monitor non-permitted, low priority beaches in Cecil County. Beaches affected are as follows:   
  • Chesapeake Isle          
  • Greenbank          
  • Hollywood Beach          
  • Knights Island N.          
  • Red Point Beach
  • Westview Shores
 Read more about the changes here. Remember: Swimming in natural waters is not risk free. Click here for frequently asked questions about safe beach habits.
Stop Lyme Disease in its Tracks
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick borne infections. There are several steps you and your family can take to prevent and control Lyme disease.

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body

What you should know about Lyme Disease. 

Press Release: Get Ticked Off for Tick-Borne Awareness Month

Don't Let a Tick Make you Sick: Lyme Disease information for children.

Need help with Tick Identification? Contact the Department of Agriculture

New School Immunization Requirements
Don't let your child miss school.
There are new immunization requirements for kindergarten and 7th grade. Make sure your child is up-to-date. Check our website under children's health, immunizations. 

Looking for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services? Search No More
The Behavioral Health Providers List is a referral and resource list of mental health and substance abuse outpatient providers located in Cecil County and surrounding areas. 

The Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) Resource Guide provides a list of alcohol and drug recovery resources.

If you can't find what you need, you can also contact the Mental Health Core Service Agency, 410-996-5112 or the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, 410-996-5106.

For Behavioral Health Crisis Assistance: 



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

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