Maternal & Child Health Programs

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:

Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:

  • WIC:  All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance. The State Office will also be available by email at montanawicprogram@mt.gov.  
  • Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
  • Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice. 
  • Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume. 
  • CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
  • Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.

Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.

CCHD and the Early Childhood Coalition are sponsoring regular, FREE developmental screening for children aged birth to 5 years. To register, please call Nicole Zimmerman at 406-268-7642. Screening events are usually held between 3 and 6pm at the CCHD. This is an important step to keep track of how your child is learning, playing, talking, and acting. What a great way to “set the stage” for your child’s future school success! For more information, contact Judith Flint at 1-801-678-3861.

Maternal Child Health

Cascade City-County Health Department provides services to women of childbearing age, infants, and children. Many services are based on a sliding fee scale, including Well Child Visits and Home Visits.

The Maternal Child Health Program administers the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCH BG) in Cascade County. The MCH BG is funded under Title V of the Social Security Act. the MCH BG has, as its general purpose, the improvement of the health of all the mothers and children consistent with the applicable health status goals and national health objectives.

Early Childhood Coalition

City-County Health Department is an active member of our community’s Early Childhood Coalition, in which various local agencies and providers work together to meet the needs of young children and their families in Cascade County.

►In collaboration with other ECC members, City-County Health Department will be offering quarterly “Child Find” days, beginning Spring 2013. During these events, our staff will provide developmental screenings for children 0-5 years free of charge. The assessment process of Child Find provides knowledge of normal development and discovers children who need intervention to address their special needs. When children ages 1-5 with physical, cognitive, social, and/or emotional challenges receive appropriate medical, therapeutic, and/or psychological services they are more successful and confident when entering Kindergarten, which gives them a better opportunity to succeed throughout their lives.

FREE Infant Hearing Screening

The Cascade City-County Health Department, in partnership with the Montana DPHHS Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program, is now providing free hearing screenings for infants and children.

This is one or two pilot projects that have been implemented by the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program to provide additional hearing screening resources to families who choose not to have their babies delivered in hospitals or are unable to return to their baby’s birth hospital to receive needed follow-up screenings. The goal of this project is to ensure that all babies born in Cascade County have access to newborn hearing screenings before one month of age and receive any needed referrals to an audiologist by three months of age for diagnostic testing.

Also, infants and children who are identified as being at risk for hearing loss due to their medical history or developmental delays will be ensured access to affordable hearing screening services. It is important that children with these risk factors are monitored regularly for hearing loss because hearing loss can occur at any age and does have implications in a child’s ability to communicate and learn. The earlier a hearing loss is identified and the child gets intervention, the less chance there is of developmental delays.

These screening services are available at the Cascade City-County Health Department and through home visiting services at no cost.

For more information, please call 406-761-9888.

 

Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review (FICMR)

As a part of the MCH Block Grant, Fetal, Infant, and Child Mortality Review (FICMR) is a local and statewide effort to reduce preventable fetal, infant, and child deaths by making recommendations based on lessons learned from reviews of the deaths. The prevention of fetal, infant, and child deaths is community responsibility. The FICMR process identifies critical community strengths and weaknesses. Information is used to identify preventable causes of death and allows for education within the community.