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Health Department Leadership (410) 996-5550

Stephanie Garrity, Health Officer

Laurie Humphries, Deputy Health Officer- Operations

Dr. Henry Taylor,  Deputy Health Officer- Clinical


Our Public Health Responsibility

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

Health Department Services

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

  • Administrative Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Environmental Health Services
  • Health Promotion
  • Special Populations Services

Division of Administrative Services (410) 996-5550
Jennifer VanLandingham, Interim Director

The Division of Administrative Services supports Health Department operations by providing budget, fiscal, human resources, building, fleet and information technology services. Services provided to the public include issuing birth and death certificates, health insurance eligibility determinations, and transportation to non-emergency medical appointments for qualified Medical Assistance recipients.

Services provided:

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

Division of Addiction Services (410) 996-5106
Ken Collins, Director

The Division of Addiction Services – Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center – provides substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, assessment, early-intervention, care-coordination, outpatient treatment, overdose response training, and recovery support for adult and adolescent patients and their families. Services are delivered from the Health Department and within a variety of other community and institutional-based settings. The division’s counseling approach integrates Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change model, and incorporates Motivational Enhancement (MET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 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.

Services provided:

  • Care Coordination
  • 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
  • Overdose Recognition and Response Training (Naloxone/Narcan Distribution)
  • Peer Recover Specialists Program
  • Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Community Outreach
  • School Based Screening and Early-Intervention
  • Screening and Diagnostic Assessment
  • Therapeutic Case Management
  • Urine Drug Screen Testing
  • Vocational Assistance and Support

Division of Community Health Services (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. These 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 postpartum women and children;
  • Emergency contraception and pregnancy testing;
  • 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; and
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children’s) Program nutrition counseling.

Services provided:

  • 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
    • Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C Testing
    • Immunizations – Adult and Children
  • Clinic Services – 410-996-5100
    • Emergency Contraception
    • Pregnancy Tests
  • 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.

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

The Environmental Health Services 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.

Services provided:

  • Food Control
    • Food facility inspection and plan review
    • Outbreak investigation
  • On-site Water and Sewerage
    • Soil evaluations and percolation tests
    • Sanitary and building permit processing
    • Well permits
    • Water sampling
  • Subdivision Development
    • Soil evaluations and percolation 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

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

The Division of Health Promotion interacts with the community by providing cancer screening, 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 the dental sealant and oral health program, colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening outreach, fall prevention programs, self-management programs, free stop smoking programs and Nicotine Replacement Program/Chantix® Services programs. Mini-grants are also available to community groups in the area for tobacco use prevention. Staff assists the Healthy Lifestyles, Cancer and Tobacco Task Forces to develop and implement strategies that address health-related issues identified in the Community Health Improvement Plan 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
    • Diabetes Self-Management Program
    • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Health Education and Community Outreach Programs
    • o Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
      o Cancer Thriving and Surviving Program
      o Tobacco Use Prevention and Smoking Cessation Programs
      o Community Mini-grants for Tobacco Use Prevention
      o Tobacco Use Prevention and Smoking Cessation Programs/Services
  • Improved Pregnancy Outcomes
    • Community Action Team (Child injury and mortality prevention)
    • Fetal and Infant Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review Boards
  • Oral Health
    • Dental Sealant Program
    • Oral Health Program
    • Dental Advisory Board
  • Risk Reduction Programs
    • Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls
    • Tai Chi- Moving for Better Balance

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

The Special Populations Services Division is comprised of the Mental Health Core Service Agency (CSA), the Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS) Program, and the Developmental Disabilities Coordination of Community Services Program. Each of these programs share the overarching goal of assisting individuals to access treatment and services to remain in community- based living environments. The CSA performs local planning on behalf of the Public Behavioral Health System and ensures access to treatment for the Medicaid and uninsured population. The AERS program provides assessments for older adults and those with chronic disabling conditions at risk of placement into an institutional level of care. This unit develops comprehensive plans of care to allow individuals to remain in their home. The Developmental Disabilities program provides case management to eligible residents who have a developmental disability that occurred prior to the age of 22 years. The program assists the individual to achieve optimal integration into the community.

Services provided:

  • Mental Health Core Service Agency
    • Contract management of Public Behavioral Health System grants and services
    • Interagency collaboration for local service development
    • Grievance handling
    • Behavioral health outreach and education
    • Access to treatment
  • Adult Evaluation and Review Services
    • In-home assessments to evaluate functional abilities and needs for continued community based living
    • Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) evaluations for individuals with psychiatric disabilities who may need admission to nursing home level of care
    • Nurse Monitoring for individuals enrolled in Community Personal Assistance Services, Community First Choice, or Home & Community Based Options Waivers
  • Developmental Disabilities Coordination of Community Services Program
    o Service coordination (case management) for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities that occurred prior to the age of 22
    o Monitor provider services to enrolled individuals with developmental disabilities

Additional Services

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

This Emergency Preparedness Program 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 Program (443) 245-3767
Dan Coulter, Director

This Health Planning Program promotes the health of Cecil County residents by providing health planning and support services. Epidemiological services include conducting community health assessments, project planning and development, and project evaluation. The program supports continuous quality improvement throughout the Health Department.

Services provided:

  • Community health assessment, planning, and evaluation
  • Accreditation, performance and quality improvement
  • Health data requests
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Communications