Outreach

Care Coordination for Children

Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) is a case management program offered to families with children ages birth to five who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Have special healthcare needs (such as a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional need),
  • Are placed in the foster care system,
  • Have utilized the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), or
  • Have been exposed to toxic stress. Toxic stress is prolonged exposure to stressful/adverse situations.  This could include but is not limited to violence in the home, caregiver is unable to meet the health and safety needs of the child, substance abuse in the home by the caregiver, unstable home environment, unsafe home environment, caregier suffers from mental health conditions, homelessness, and more.

The program offers resources, support, and the coordination of services for children.  It enables each child to develoip to the best of his or her potential.

For more information, call 828-587-8286 or click here.

Smart Start

Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) are health professionals who know about child health, child development, and health and safety in child care settings. CCHCs and the child care staff work together to promote healthy and safe environments for young children.

Child Care Health Consultants have expert information, resources, and referrals to offer. Through onsite and telephone consultation, health education and technical assistance CCHCs work with individual child care facilities to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children. CCHCs partner with child care providers to:

  • Assess the health and safety needs and practices in the child care facility.

  • Develop strategies for inclusion of children with special care needs.

  • Establish and review health policies and procedures.

  • Manage and prevent injuries and infectious diseases.

  • Connect families with community health resources.

  • Provide health education for staff members, families and children.

Child Care Health Consultants interpret NC Child Care Rules and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards to provide guidance to child care programs. They are not responsible for regulating child care facilities. 

For more information, please call 828-587-8280 or 828-587-8275.

Child Safety Seat Program

The Jackson County Department of Public Health has Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff.  Technicians are on duty on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only, to assist with child safety seat checks, provide educational information on child safety seats, and to assist with purchase and installation of a new child safety seat.  To make an appointment to have your child's car seat checked, call 828-587-8289.

Child safety seats available for purchase at the Health Department include:

  • Convertible and Booster seats for infants and children weighing up to 80 pounds: $25 each
  • No-Back Booster seats: $10 each

Jackson County Department of Public Health participates in the Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program.  It officially launched on January 1, 2014.  The goal of the CPS Diversion Program is to increase enforcement which will lead to greater compliance and safer conditions for child passengers in our community.  By participating in the Diversion Program, those persons cited for not complying with the law will receive education and procure the appropriate seat for their child.   The participants in the program will be required to purchase their own child car safety seat and in turn the certified CPS Technicians they meet with during diversion will give them personal instruction on how to keep their child safe and utilize the child car safety seat correctly.  In some cases child car safety seats will be available to be purchased at a reduced cost for those who qualify. Upon completion of the program, participants are to produce proof to the court provided to them at the time of diversion which will in turn allow the District Attorney to enter a dismissal.

This Diversion Program is a partnership between the Office of the District Attorney, state and local law enforcement, OFSM (Office of the State Fire Marshall), Jackson County Department of Public Health, Jackson County Social Services, Jackson County Public Schools, Jackson County Emergency Management, and Safe Kids Jackson County.