The Baltimore County Department of Health provides a number of services to ensure the health and safety of women, infants and children in Baltimore County via the following programs for County residents.
|Children with Special Healthcare Needs
|Infant and Toddlers
|Lead Poisoning Prevention
Maternal Child Health
|School Based Services
|Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
This program provides free family support, case management, information, referral and advocacy services to County residents between the ages of birth and 21 years who has a developmental disability.
The Infants and Toddlers Program is an early intervention program that serves families with children under three years of age presenting with developmental delays or disabilities. Research-based, early intervention services are coordinated based upon the needs and priorities identified by the family. Services are proved at no cost to the families.
- Make a referral online or by calling Infants and Toddlers at 443-809-2169.
- Referrals can by made by parents, health care providers, child care providers, social workers, family members and other individuals familiar with the child's development.
- Once a referral is received, the local Infants and Toddlers site will contact the family directly to schedule an initial evaluation to determine eligibility.
- If the child is determined eligible for the Infants and Toddlers program, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed.
- 25 percent delay in one or more areas of development
- Atypical development in one or more areas of development
- Diagnosed condition placing them at risk for developmental delays
Early intervention is a system of supports and services identified for eligible children with developmental delays or disabilities. Services are based upon the outcomes families have identified for their child. Service providers partner with families to build upon existing skills and strategies that promote a child's participation in every activities.
Early interview helps children to:
- Develop positive social and emotional skills
- Acquire and use knowledge and skills
- Use appropriate behaviors to meet needs
Early intervention services also help families to:
- Understand their rights
- Communicate their child's needs and family priorities
- Promote the development of their child's pre–academic and functional skills
- Provides early identification and intervention for children at risk for and exposed to environmental lead
- Provides case management for children with an elevated blood lead level to assure that appropriate education, home assessment, nutritional counseling and medical follow-up are provided
- Provides lead hazard reduction services
- Educates target communities on the dangers of lead-based paint hazards
- Engages communities in how to create, access and maintain greener, healthier, lead-safe housing
Watch a video about how to find out if you have lead paint in your home.
A voluntary home visiting program that provides one to six home visits to families to improve the health of children by providing in-home support that focuses on the reduction and elimination of lead, asthma triggers and other environmental hazards.
- Be enrolled or eligible Medicaid or Maryland Children and Infant program
- Be a County resident
- Be under the age of 19 and previously diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma or have an elevated blood lead level (BLL) of 5 µg/dL or greater
- Meet income guidelines
Offers free case management services via telephone, to improve the health of children through health education on the reduction or elimination of lead hazards.
- Be a County resident
- Have a BLL of equal to or greater than 5 µg/dL
- Be age 6 or younger
School-based services include the School Based Wellness Center Program, the Hearing and Vision Screening Program, and Private School Nurse Consultants.
Today, we can protect children younger than two years old from 14 serious diseases.
- Haemophilus Influenzae
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
For School-Age Children
View the vaccine requirements for children enrolled in preschool programs and in school in Maryland. If your child needs one or more vaccines, schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider.
We strongly urges that all teens receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to decrease their risk of developing cancer. HPV infection can cause:
- Cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in females
- Penile cancer in males
- Anal cancer
- Cancer of the back of the throat (oropharynx)
- Genital warts in both males and females
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition counseling for income-eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as children under age five with medical or nutritional risk factors.
Residents of the State of Maryland must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the program:
- Be pregnant or breastfeeding, a new mother, or have an infant or child up to age five
- Have a health or nutrition need
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
201 Back River Neck Road
Lansdowne Health Center
104 Business Center Drive
Eastern Family Resource Center
Towson Health Center
6901 Security Boulevard, Suite 100
Perinatal services are available to all pregnant and postpartum individuals who are Baltimore County residents. Services are also available for infants up to 18 months of age.
- Our teams of public health nurses, community health workers and social workers will provide services to promote a healthy pregnancy and delivery, and postpartum and newborn support
- Services may include in person home visits, virtual home visits, referral and linkage to other community resources to meet the needs of the individual
- To refer to Maternal Child Health programs complete the referral form
- You may also contact Maternal Child Health at:
Fax : 410-832-2323
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Providers: Watch the Symposium for Maternal and Child Health Resources.
FIMR utilizes a community-oriented process that reviews the circumstances surrounding fetal or infant death, with the goal of improving the health and safety of the community. The FIMR program consists of three steps, completed for each fetal and infant death case:
- Maternal Interview—The maternal interviewer makes every attempt to contact the family to request a confidential parental interview, which provides a narrative and key details that are unavailable elsewhere.
- Case Review—A team conducts a full a case review of feral and infant deaths to gather findings and draft preliminary recommendations.
- Action Strategies—The community action team refines and implements action strategies to address issues and identity resources to improve the health and safety of the community.
Call 410-887-2340 to learn more.