Services provided by the Tompkins County Health Department are wide-ranging and affect nearly everyone living in the county. Your local health department is the source for everything from water quality information to resources for children with developmental delays to communicable disease prevention.
Its Children with Special Care Needs division provides various services for kids with developmental delays or disabilities, as well as financial assistance for eligible families of children with a chronic medical condition. Care is provided at no charge and healthcare workers arrange for visits to occur within the home.
Environmental Health services include resources about home air quality and lead paint removal. EH also offers municipal drinking water information and alerts, as well as information on installing and maintaining (testing for harmful compounds) your private water well.
The Community Health Services division is truly comprehensive. Some highlights include communicable disease control, immunization requirement updates for the coming school year, and an immunization clinic for eligible children and adults. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program makes home visits to children with elevated blood lead levels and the Medicaid Obstetrical and Maternal Services (MOMS) program provides NYS Medicaid coverage for eligible pregnant women, as well as for their babies for the first year of life, with home visits by a public health nurse both during pregnancy and postpartum.
You technically have already paid for services through county taxes, so the health department can then provide services free of charge to those in need of assistance.