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Maternal and Child Health Services

Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Email: maternalchildhealth@baltimorecountymd.gov
Phone: 410-887-2705
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The Maternal and Child Health Division of the Baltimore County Department of Health is committed to improving the health of pregnant and parenting women, infants, children and children with special health care needs, as well as providing audiology services to Baltimore County residents. In addition to the programs listed on this page, the Maternal and Child Health Division program also includes:

Administrative Care Coordination Unit

The ACCU program helps Medical Assistance beneficiaries access necessary and appropriate medical care, navigate the HealthChoice system, and links beneficiaries to other services, including specialty care. ACCU staff members can also assist Medical Assistance members who have unresolved billing issues.

Target populations include children, pregnant and postpartum women, individuals with disabilities (physical, mental or developmental), and homeless individuals.

Medical Assistance members seeking any of these services can call the Complaint Resolution Unit at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 1-800-284-4510 to make a referral to their local Administrative Care Coordination Unit.

Babies Born Healthy Care Coordination Program

The Babies Born Healthy (BBH) care coordination and perinatal navigation program connects pregnant and parenting women with the appropriate clinical services, community resources and social supports through a screen and refer model, which includes screening followed by a brief intervention aimed at linking women to needed resources. The BBH team consist of community health workers and nurses that work with the women they serve to identify and connect them to the medical community, mental health and substance abuse counselors, as well as assisting with barriers in obtaining medical insurance.

Eligibility

  • Pregnant women or women up to twelve weeks postpartum
  • Resident of Baltimore County

Contact: 410-887-3725

Bright Beginnings Program

Bright Beginnings program is a child health program that assists County families to identify children with medical and development concerns so that they can be referred to a health provider and early intervention services.

Eligibility

Children ages birth to 18 months with one or more of the following:

  • Premature birth less than 34 weeks gestation
  • Low Apgar scores
  • Hearing and vision risks
  • Substance-exposed newborn
  • Social, environmental, maternal mental health, health or medical, growth and development, inadequate shelter or living concerns
  • Teen mother with inadequate social support or parenting skills
  • Inadequate social support

Services

The Bright Beginnings program will provide home services and phone calls by a Public Health Nurse to:

  • Provide information about your baby's health and wellness
  • Perform development evaluations to check your baby's growth and development
  • Provide family caregivers information and activities designed to promote child development
  • Educate family caregivers on safe sleep, child passenger safety, and environmental or home safety
  • Refer children with suspected development delays to the Infants and Toddlers Program for early intervention services

Contact: 410-887-3725
Fax: 410-887-4628

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Environmental Case Management

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Case Management program is a voluntary home visiting program that provides one to six home visits to families. The program goal is 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.

Eligibility

Participants must:

  • 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

Contact: 410-887-4410

Phone Case Management

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program offers free case management services via telephone, to improve the health of children through health education on the reduction or elimination of lead hazards.

Eligibility

Participants must:

  • Be a County resident
  • Have a BBL of equal to or greater than 5 µg/dL
  • Be age 6 or younger

Contact: 410-887-4410

Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Case Review—A team conducts a full a case review of feral and infant deaths to gather findings and draft preliminary recommendations.
  3. 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.

Contact: 410-887-2340

Prenatal Enrichment Program (PEP)

PEP is a public health nurse, home-visiting and case management program designed to help pregnant women and teens experience a healthy pregnancy and carry their baby to term. All services our services are free and no U.S. citizenship is required.

Eligibility

Participants must be:

  • Pregnant
  • A County resident
  • A teen or a women with health or mental health conditions that will affect your pregnancy

Services

Regular home visits by a public health nurse to:

  • Support and guide you to care for yourself during your pregnancy and after the delivery
  • Provide health education about pregnancy, women's health and child development
  • Discuss options for feeding your baby, including breastfeeding support
  • Help connect women with needed services and resources
  • Assistance with applying for Medicaid and WIC
  • Assistance with finding a provider for yourself while pregnant, and a pediatrician for your baby once born

Contact: 410-887-3725
Fax: 410-887-4628

 
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