The Department of Health Services provides the many services to the residents of Suffolk County. They include:
Patient Care Services: Primary medical care services for individuals and families are provided to residents who are patients of one of the county 9 affiliated health centers, which are located throughout the county.
- Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- Immunization Action Plan
- Diabetes Education Program
- Patient Advocate Unit
- Bureau of Chest Diseases
- WIC Program
Early Intervention and Services for Children with Special Needs: The Division of Services for Children with Special Needs incorporates three separate programs. The Early Intervention Program is for children birth to three years of age with developmental delays. The Preschool Special Education Program is for children three to five years old with disabilities, and the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (incorporating the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program) serves clients birth to 21 years of age.
Community Mental Hygiene Services: The Department of Health Services coordinates services for persons with alcohol and substance abuse problems, mental illness, mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Below is a list of services provided by the department.
- Mental Health Clinics
- Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs
- Case Management Evaluation Referral and Assessment (CAMERA)
- Court Ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
- Children's Single Point of Access to Mental Health Management (SPOA)
- Adult Single Point of Access For Mental Health Housing (SPA)
Public Health Nursing: The Bureau of Public Health Nursing is committed to improving the health and quality of life for the residents of Suffolk County with an emphasis on preventive care. The mission of the bureau is aligned with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ mission to prevent disease, protect public health and achieve high quality equitable and affordable health services for Suffolk County's most vulnerable populations.
Immunization Services: One of the most significant public health achievements of the twentieth century, immunization has eradicated smallpox and poliovirus in the U.S. and has significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. The department of health services provides immunizations for children and adults as recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Recommended immunizations for children and teens: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050.pdf