Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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The Division of Social Services Child Welfare Services Section is committed to provide family-centered services to children and families to achieve well-being through ensuring self-sufficiency, support, safety and permanence.
Through an objective and proven process we:
The foundational philosophy of the NC System of Care (SOC) is a family-centered practice. The six SOC principles are:
Duty to Report
In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 7B-301 (a): "Any person or instutution who has cause to suspect that any juvinile is abused, neglected, or dependent, as defined by G.S. 7B-101, or has died as the result of maltreatment, shall report the case of that juvenile to the director of the department of social services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found."
How to report suspected child abuse, neglect and/or dependency
Reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, and/or dependency can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any Division of Social Services agency. Reports may be made in person, by phone, or by mail.
Union County Division of Social Services contact information:
1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Monroe, NC 28110
Business hours reporting: 704-296-4300 (main line) OR 704-296-6124 (Child Protective Services hotline)
After-hours reporting: 704-289-1591 (Union County Central Communications)
There are two components of the After Care and Prevention Program. Prevention cases are defined as denied CPS Intake reports that do not meet the statutory definition of abuse, neglect and dependency for an assessment. The family may in the future become involved in Child Protective Services and may benefit from prevention services.
After Care cases are defined as closed In Home Services and Foster Care cases, and Court referrals for families that have had previous DSS involvement that are in need of ongoing supervision. CPS Investigations cases referred to Aftercare and Prevention are defined as cases where there is no imminent risk at the time of case closure; however, the family could benefit from continued support from the Agency.
Aftercare and Prevention services are voluntary. The family must agree to participate in the program.
The Emergency Shelter Care Program is a 24-hour home that serves abused, neglected, dependent and court involved youth. Many of these youth are in crisis. This program provides the youth with a safe and supportive environment. The Emergency Shelter Care Program works collaboratively with the family and community agencies to stabilize the crisis and address unmet needs. One benefit of this program is that it allows the youth to remain in their community so that they can continue working with their family and existing natural supports. Youth can be referred through DSS and The Department of Public Safety/Court Counselors.
To help prepare youth for independent living, the LINKS program provides services to youth that are or have been in foster care between the ages of 13 through 21. The program utilizes the youth development approach and MRS Principles to assist adolescents to achieve self-sufficiency.
Child Welfare Services
Child Protective Services Intake Hotline:
Union County Communications
Child Welfare Program Administrator
Quality Assurance Program Manager
Union County’s Child Welfare Section is committed to achieving safety, permanence, and well-being for children at risk for abuse, neglect, and dependency. Based upon received and accepted reports, staff work one-on-one with families to assess, coordinate, and provide services that address the safety, risk, family strengths and needs, and well-being of children.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.