Covington County Health Department P.O. Box 186 Andalusia, AL 36420-0186
23989 Alabama Highway 55Andalusia, AL 36420
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
www.adph.org Offical website of Alabama Department of Public Health
A Guide to Services:
The employees of the Covington County Health Department work closely with the community to prewerve and protect the public's health, to provide caring, quality services and serve the people of Covington County by assuring conditions in which they can be healthy.
Cancer Detection Breast Examinations and self-examination instruction Referral for mammograms (if age appropriate) Pap smears Help in finding treatment For more information, call (334) 222-1175
Child HealthHealth care for individuals from birth to age 21 is offered through the Well-Child and ESPDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment) programsFor more information, call (334) 222-1175
Family Planning Birth control information, medical exams, contraceptives and supplies Medical family planning methods, counseling and education Toll-free family planning and information referral line-INFO CONNECTION 1-800-228-0469 For more information, call (334) 222-1175
HIV Aids Confidentail testing and counseling available at all County Health Departments HIV Prevention Community Planning Groups in every area of the State Regional Direct Care Consortia for planning of services in all local areas For persons with HIV disease, case management, labotatory services, referrals to medical services and assistance with purchasing medications Alabama HIV/AIDS Hotline in 1-800-228-0469, a toll-free source information and referrals For more information, call (334) 222-1175
Home Care ServicesSkilled nursing and personal care services are available statewide.Physical, speech, occupational, respiratory and infusion therapy, and medical social work services are available in some counties. A sliding fee scale is available for the medically indigent.Other services available in some counties include personal care aide, skilled and unskilled respite and homemaker services.Medicaid waiver benefits and all third payers (except Medicare) areaccepted for these services.HIV patients are eligible to receive the following services through theRyan White Home Care Program: skilled nursing, home health aide, personal aide, homemaker and unskilled respite services.For home care referral information, contact your doctor's office. Callyour local County Health Department at (334) 222-5970 or 1-800-405-8141 for more information about home care services.
ImmunizationChildhood vaccines: All vaccines required for daycare, Head Start, andschool attendance are administered at the County Health Department. An up-to-date Alabama Certificate of Immunization (blue slip) is required for entry into these institutions and is available at the County Health Department.Adult vaccines: Routine booster doses of some vaccines are available at the County Health Department. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is available, in addition to influenza vaccine administered during the influenza season.International travel: Vaccines needed for travel outside the United States are available at only a few county health departments.Please call (334) 222-1175 to locate a clinic near you.
Nutrition ServicesWIC-A supplemental nutrition program that provides assessment,education, and nutritious foods free to limited income pregnant,breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at a nutritional risk.Nutritionists are available in select counties to provide nutrition counseling.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
Nursing ServicesPublic health nurses provide many of the health care services available form county health departments throughout Alabama.Nursing assessments, skilled nursing care, laboratory testing, immuniztions, counseling, education and referral are some of the services provided.Nurses are available to provide health education, screenings, andcommunity programs as staffing size and schedules permit.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)Confidential testing, treatment, counseling and epidemiologicalinvestigations for most sexually transmitted diseases.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
Social Work ServicesLicensed public health social workers provide case management/carecoordination for family planning, child health, HIV/AIDS, home health and E/D Waiver patients. Case management/care coordination services consist psychosocial assessment, development of an individualized service plan, linking the patient with needed services and resources, patient advocacy and evaluation of service delivery.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
TuberculosisTesting, medication, physician services, hospitalization, epidemiological investigations and laboratory services.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
Birth and Death CertificatesCertified copies of all Alabama birth, death, marriage, and divorcecertificates may be obtained in any county health department in Alabama on a while-you-wait basis, regardless of where in the state the event occured.To order copies of these records by mail, you may contact the Center for Health Statistics, P. O. Box 5625, Montgomery, AL 36103-5625. Their telephone number is 334-206-5418, or you may visit www.adph.org and click on Fast Find, then Vital Records. The price of certified copies is $12.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.For more information, please call (334) 222-1175.
Alabama Medicaid AgencyThe Alabama Medicaid Agency certifies individuals for the following programs:
Pregnant Women and Children Program - pregnant women and children under the age of 19 in families who have income below certain limits may be eligible for Medicaid.
Medicaid for Low Income Families - Households with related children under age 19 living in the home may be eligible for Medicaid if the household has very low income.
Plan First Program - Women who are 19 through 44 years of age and whose income is below a certain limit may be eligible for family planning services only from Medicaid.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program - Women who are under age 65 who have been screened through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program may be eligible for this program. You may call 1-877-252-3324 or (334) 222-1175 for information about this program.
How to apply: Applications for the Pregnant and Children Program andChildren Program and the Plan First Program may be obtained by contacting a Medicaid Eligibilty Worker. To talk with a Medicaid employee in Covington County, you may call the Covington County Health Department at (334) 222-1175, estension 349 or 350, or you may call the Medicaid Information Line at 1-800-362-1504. You may alsoobtain applications, general information, or apply online at www.medicaid.alabama.gov.
Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program - Alabama Department of HealthThe Elderly and Disabled (E/D) Wiaver Program offers an alternative to nursing home care for many individuals in Alabama who are aged of have a disability. E/D Waiver Services enable people to choose home care rather than going into a nursing home. Services are provided through the E/D Waiver Program and are paid for by Medicaid for those who qualify.
Eligibility - To be eligible, a person must meet the same medical criteria as someone who would be eligible for nursing home care and must have full Medicaid benefits. The E/D Waiver Program is available statewide to individuals of any age who meet the medical and financial eligibility requirements. The number of individuals who can be served at one time by the program is limited. However, you may be placed on a waiting list for possible referrals until a slot becomes available.
Services: Homemaker - help with day to day household tasks Personal Care - assistance with personal hygiene needs Respite Care - care provided in the individual's home to give the primary caregiver a period of relief Companion Service - offers assistance, socialization and supervision to adults who live alone Adult Day Health - care away from the individual's home for part of the day in a facility approved to provide social activities and health care Home Delivered Meals - frozen meals are delivered on a weekly basis to the client's home to assist in obtaining nutritional needs Case Management - assistance for other medical, social, or educational services
Any individual wishing to receive more information should contact the local Health Department. In Covington County, please call (334) 222-5970. Referrals are received from individuals, hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, and community members on behalf of persons who may be eligible for the program.
Environmental Health ServicesFood and Lodging (334) 222-1585, ext. 340Inspect/regulate food establishments (restaurants, retail food stores, food processors, school lunchrooms and temporary food service events)Inspect/regulate lodging estalishments (hotels/motels, camps and jails)Review plans for new establishments and assist owners with permittingComplaint investigation
Body Art (334) 222-1585, ext. 340Inspect/regulate tattooing and body piercing facilitiesReview plans for new facilities and assist owners with permitsComplaint investigation
Onsite Sewage Disposal (334) 222-1585, ext. 341Regulate permitting, installation and repair of onsite sewage disposal systemsRegulate subdivision, mobile home park and recreational facility development that utilize onsite sewage disposalReview applications for new and repair of sewage disposal systems and assist poperty owners with permittingComplaint investigation
Solid Waste Program (334) 222-1585, ext 343Regulate county solid waste collection programInspect/regulate transfer stations and collection vehiclesReview applications for exemptions and exceptions from service andmaintain roster of eligible personsInestigate and abate illegal dumpsComplaint investigations
Community Sanitation (334) 222-1585, ext. 343Investigate animal bites and require confinement of biting animals for rabies observationCoordinate shipment of dead biting animals to public health laboratory for rabies testingProvide public with information concerning disease vectors such as bats, rodents, birds, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticksArboviral surveillance program (bird testing for West Nile Virus)Provide public with indoor air quality information (asbestos, formaldehyde, mold and mildew removal)Review plans for new and extensions of cemeteries and aassist property owners with approval processInvestigate communicable disease outbreaksComplaint investigation
Private Water Well Testing (334) 222-1585, ext. 342Provide the public with sterile bottles and laboratory analysisAssist the public with water odor. color, and taste issuesComplaint investigation
Disaster Response (334) 222-1585, ext. 339Respond to natural and man-made disasters