Health Department Services
Grundy County Health Department accepts the following insurance plans for most medical services offered: Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield MCO, Harmony MCO, Illinicare MCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of IL PPO, United Healthcare. Clients are encouraged to contact their specific insurance carrier to determine plan benefits. Clients are ultimately responsible for all charges incurred for services rendered.
The Administration division employs the Financial Manager, Finance Associate, Director of Office Management, the Health Department Secretarial staff, and the Outreach and Education Coordinator. All work closely with the Administrator and the other divisions to ensure financial accountability, information technology viability and general department functions. For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.
Philip J. Jass, MPA Administrator 815-941-3113
Michelle Pruim, BA, MBA Financial Manager 815-941-3114
Cara Anderson Director of Environmental Health 815-941-3128
Katie Harrison Director of Nursing 815-941-3126
Dian Brown Director of Office Management 815-941-3116
Tania Schwer Director of Senior Programs 815-941-3422
Kathryn Harrison, RN. Nursing Director The Nursing Division provides services directed to improving and maintaining the physical health of county residents. For more information on the following services, please call (815) 941-3404 • Blood Pressure • Communicable Disease • Family Case Management (FCM) • Fluoride Varnish Treatment • Immunization • Tuberculosis Testing • WIC • Fecal Immunochemical Testing For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk email@example.com and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.
Clinic hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary. Walk-in’s welcome. For more information, call (815) 941-3404.
Investigation and reporting of communicable diseases per Illinois Dept. of Public Health. Includes STD and HIV/AIDS. Referral for testing and treatment. Call (815) 941-3404 for more information.
Family Case Management
Family Case Management (FCM) services are for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and infants. The program includes medical and nutrition education, home visits, and resource referral information for the promotion of proper growth and development.
- APORS (Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Reporting System), a division of case management, supports infants born with specialized medical needs and provides early intervention services for any identified problems or delays. Infants and families in the APORS program will receive specialized visits from a public health nurse and follow up care for the first 2 years of the child’s life to address.
- Healthworks program is specialized for foster families living in Grundy County with children up to age 6. HealthWorks case managers assist families in making sure that all routine medical, dental, and vision/hearing exams are completed at appropriate times for the child’s age. HealthWorks case managers are also available to assist in referrals for other local services that may be needed.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment
What is a Fluoride Varnish Treatment? In a short 15 minute visit, a clear sealant will be applied to help prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. The application and basic assessment of teeth will be done by a Public Health Nurse. THIS DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF A DENTIST VISIT.
- Recommended for ages 6 months to 35 months
- Check with insurance carrier for coverage
- Out of pocket cost is $30 per treatment
Vaccination is one of the best ways to be protected from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants, young children and older adults
What diseases are prevented by vaccines?
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (Influenza)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Whooping Cough
Vaccines are available to children aged 2 months to 19 years who are eligible for the VFC (Vaccines for Children) program and:
- Are enrolled in Medicaid (must be Title 19)
- Do not have insurance
- Are underinsured (health insurance does not pay for immunizations)
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
Vaccines are available for all adults aged 19 and older Both immunizations for children and adults are available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Additional Vaccine Information
Additional vaccine information may be found at the following websites:
Immunizations Birth Thru 18 years of age
TB skin tests (TST) are performed to determine exposure to the tuberculosis (TB) germ. The cost is $15.00 for a 1 step and $30.00 for a 2 step. Must be available to have the test placed and return for the reading in 48-72 hours.
WIC – Women, Infants and Children’s nutrition program
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children to age 5 who meet financial guidelines. WIC provides FREE educational information, referrals, and healthy foods to women and children. To see if you are eligibile for WIC please click here.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider
What foods are provided on WIC?
- iron-fortified infant formula AND/OR breastfeeding help
- peanut butter
- whole grains
- fruits and vegetables
Are you already enrolled in the WIC program and looking for the WIC website? Please visit https://www.wichealth.org/ for more online nutrition education, recipe ideas, and breastfeeding help.
Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT)
FIT Testing is available for those between the ages of 50 and 75 years old who are at a normal risk of developing colon cancer. The test is a pain free, no preparation test that detects fecal occult blood in the stool. The test can be picked up at the Grundy County Health Department, the sample collected in the comfort of your home, and then the completed kit is returned to the health department via postal mail or drop off for testing. The patient is notified of their results after testing is complete.
Cara Anderson Environmental Health Director
Our role is to protect health that is based upon environmental influences. For information on the following services, please call 941-3115. For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.
The Environmental Health Division performs the following functions within the Food Sanitation Program:
- Reviews and approves plans for new and the remodeling of existing facilities
- Inspects and issues operating permits for all food handling and retail food store facilities
- Reviews food handling procedures and issues permits for temporary events
- Investigates foodborne illness reports and consumer complaints
- Provides training courses for food service managers and employees
Click on the items below to view:
- Food Establishment Inspection Results
- Temporary Food Establishment Guidelines
- Food Permits and Inspection Requirements
- Mobile Food Application
- Grundy County Administrative Requirements and Food Code Amendments
- 8-Hour Food Service Sanitation Managers Course
- FSSMC Retake or Proctor Registration Form
(Code changes effective June 1,2012)
- Food Service Sanitation Code
- Retail Food Store Sanitation Code
- New Construction/Facility Remodeling Guidelines
- Event Information Sheet
Cottage Food Operations:
The Cottage Food Operations Law went into effect on January 1, 2012. This new law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at local farmers’ markets with limited regulations.
Below are links to the Cottage Food Operation Law and the Technical Information Bulletin developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In order to operate under this new law you must adhere to the following:
- Obtain the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Managers Certification.
- Register with the Grundy County Health Department (or department where your home is located) annually.
- Follow all the requirements of the law.
- Post certificate of registration at all farmers’ markets that you participate in.
The following links may be useful to you:
- Public Act 097-0393 – Cottage Food Operation
- Technical Information Bulletin #44 – Cottage Food Operations
- Registration Form
- Report suspected cases of foodborne illnesses to the Health Department promptly
- Contact the Health Department regarding facility requirements before building, remodeling or purchasing a food service or retail food store facility
Private Sewage Disposal
The Environmental Health Division performs the following functions within the Private Disposal System Program (aka Septic Systems):
- Reviews proposed private sewage disposal system plans and applications.
- Ensures the proposed system is of an appropriate type, sized adequately and located on the property to minimize the chance of future problems.
- Issues permits for private sewage disposal systems that comply with code requirements.
- Inspects the installation work performed on all private sewage disposal systems to ensure that the system is installed correctly.
- Investigate complaints about malfunctioning systems, improper modifications and other problems related to private sewage disposal systems.
Click on the items below to view:
- Private Sewage Disposal System Permit Application (NEW)
- Local Administrative Requirements and Code
- IDPH Private Sewage Disposal System Code (Updated 2013)
- Well and Septic Planning Guide
- Soil Classifiers known to work in Grundy County
- Contractor Registration Application
- In order to obtain a building permit you must have an approved water & sewage system permit. It takes at least 24 hours to review and process all private sewage disposal system permits.
- Periodic pumping and inspection of a system’s tank(s) is essential to preventing premature failure of system.
- Malfunctioning systems can expose the public to live bacteria and virus that can cause illnesses.
- Should your septic system begin malfunctioning allowing sewage to come to the ground surface, contact a septic contractor, have the system pumped and evaluated to determine the type of corrective actions that are required. Permits are required for repairs to existing septic systems and those repairs should be done as soon as possible.
Potable Water Program
The Environmental Health Division performs the following functions within the Potable Water Program:
• Reviews proposed locations for new private water wells to ensure that it is sufficiently remote from sources of pollution
• Reviews well permit applications and processes permits
• Inspects wells being sealed
Click on the items below to view:
• Local Administrative Requirements and Code
• Well Permit Application
• Construction Report Link
• Testing Private Water Wells brochure
• It takes at least 24 hours to review and process all private water well permit applications.
• The proper sealing of an abandoned well helps prevent groundwater contamination. Wells that are abandoned or to be abandoned must be sealed by a licensed contractor or homeowner. A permit and fee is required and GCHD must be on-site to witness the procedure. Therefore, please call before you seal your well or have someone seal it for you.
• Periodic sampling of your water is recommended for general coliform and nitrates.
o Sterile water sample collection bottles are available at our office for no fee.
o This generally costs in the area of $35 to $40 to have both tests completed.
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Property Transfer/Well and Septic Survey
The Environmental Health Division can provide you with information and assistance on the following property Transfer/Well and Septic issues:
If you are buying a home, undoubtedly there are many things that you are thinking about. How well the well and septic system is working may not be one of them. However, you should be, because an unknown or undetected problem with a septic system or a well can be a costly financial burden for a recent home buyer.
You can try to avoid encountering such a surprise by having the Grundy County Health Department conduct an inspection of your systems. Information on file concerning this system, an inspection of the accessible components of the system and laboratory results of a water sample will help provide you greater insight into the history and current status of the systems.
For more information view the flyer from the link below, or contact the Environmental Health Office at 815-941-3115.
• Well and Septic Survey Flyer
Smoke Free Illinois Act and Enforcment
The Environmental Health Division responds to complaints of violations of the Smoke Free Illinois Act (SFIA). The typical route by which we received complaints of these rules are through the State’s SFIA web-site (web address given below). All received complaints are investigated and violations documented for further follow up possibly including the issuance of citations.
• Smoke Free Illinois:
The State of Illinois has passed a law prohibiting smoking inside any public place. This law went into effect on January 1, 2008. It was subsequently amended with those amendments going into effect on February 4, 2009. While the law covers a variety of issues, the following are some of the most basic issues that could affect those due to the non-compliance of others.
No one may smoke inside any public place
- No one may smoke within 15 feet of the entrance to a public place
- No one may smoke within 15 feet of a window that opens into a public place
- No one may smoke within 15 feet of a window that opens into a public place
- At each entrance a “No Smoking” sign must be posted at the place of employment or public place where smoking is prohibited. “No Smoking” signs must comply with the specification in the Smoke-free Illinois Act
- All ashtrays must be removed from the facilities where smoking is prohibited
If you observe a violation of these standards, you can report that as a complaint. That information is given below.
As of January 1, 2008, individuals can file a complaint by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health’s toll-free complaint line at 866-973-4646 (TTY 800-547-0466, hearing impaired use only) or on-line through the following Web site:
The complete Act and other information can be accessed through this same site.
Radon in Grundy County
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is produced by the decay of uranium and radium in the soil. This gas is naturally occurring and can be found at various levels throughout Illinois and Grundy County. The red areas indicate higher levels (above 4 pCi/L) of radon.
According to testing results provided by IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency), 72 homes have been tested in Grundy County and 44% had results above 4 pCI/L.
Radon rises through the soil and can enter buildings through small cracks in the foundation, gaps around pipes, or sump pits. Generally, there is a negative pressure inside our homes which can cause an upward suction on the soil gases. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Non-smokers can be at risk of lung cancer from radon exposure. Radon is the greatest source of radiation exposure to the general public. Testing is the only way to determine the radon level of your home. We can help with interpreting radon test results. Call us at (815) 941-3115 if you have any questions regarding radon. Radon test kits, like the one shown here, can be found in most hardware stores, or ordered on-line. If you are looking at doing your own testing, you may find the information at this site helpful: http://iema.illinois.gov/radon/pdf/guidelinesforhomemeas.pdf If you are involved in a real estate transaction and either considering having radon testing performed, or your property will be tested for radon, information to help you know what to expect can be found at this web-site: http://www.state.il.us/iema/radon/pdf/radontestguidelineforrealestate.pdf Related links: Here are a variety of links to additional publications and information about Radon
The Environmental Health Division performs the following functions within the Tanning Bed Inspection Program:
Tanning Facilities Program
Tanning operations, which include all facilities providing consumers’ access to ultraviolet radiation emitting devices for cosmetic purposes, are required to make application for a permit to operate a tanning facility.
- Grundy County Health Department conducts annual inspection of tanning facilities.
- The inspection is done to ensure equipment is maintained and operated properly, and that operators overseeing its use are trained.
- Health Department Inspectors may remove the units from service if they find that it’s operation may present a health hazard. The unit may not be allowed to be used until found to be in compliance upon re-inspection.
- Regulations governing tanning bed licensing and operations
- Grundy County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division recommends that if you are considering opening a tanning operation or adding tanning equipment to your operation that you contact us in advance to ensure that you understand the regulations and licensing process.
Tattoo and Body Piercing Program
The State of Illinois requires all establishments providing body art services such as tattooing, piercing, branding or scarification to be registered with the Department. Upon receipt of a completed application, an inspection is conducted to monitor compliance with the program. Renewal inspections are conducted annually or more often if warranted. Local Health Departments may contract with the Department to conduct the inspections in their jurisdiction.
Grundy County has an ordinance that addresses tattooing and body piercing and conducts the regulatory inspections for the State of Illinois. (Ear piercing is exempt from regulation).
Report all unlicensed facilities due to possible disease transmission. i.e. HIV, Hepatitis B.
The Environmental Health Division provides the required training for tattoo and Body Piercing operators every year. If sufficient demand exists, additional class offerings will be considered. Please check the Tattoo and Body Art Class link for information about class offerings.
Department of Behavioral Health
Nina Miller MA, LCPC, LPHA Director of Behavioral Health Our goal is to improve the mental and emotional well-being of our county residents, struggling with a mental illness and/or a substance abuse disorder. Our service goals focus on maintaining a stable life on an outpatient basis, improving daily functioning, and enhancing individual satisfaction in order to contribute socially and economically to the community. For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk email@example.com and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Will/Grundy Crisis Line 1-815-942-6611
- Children and adolescents (7-18) struggling with: adjustment, anger issues, ADHD, bullying, poor communication skills, and/or experiencing anxiety or depression symptoms. Counseling can provide clients with better coping skills and problem solving techniques while in a safe place to express their feelings.
- Individuals 18 and older, with priority given to those with extensive mental health treatment history, experiencing functional struggles (daily life skills, occupation skills, social skills, lack of support, access to services), at risk of psychiatric hospitalization, and pregnant and/or postpartum women.
- 60+ Seniors including in home or at the office, depending on the needs of the client, with priority given to those 60 years of age and older, caregivers and grandparents (age 55 and older) raising grandchildren.
- Counseling by certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors for adolescents and adults, with priority given to parenting women, pregnant injecting drug users, injecting drug abusers at high risk for HIV infection, known HIV infected persons, and referrals from DCFS, TANF, DOC and TASC.
- Mental health and/or substance abuse evaluations for those required by the courts, probation, DCFS or parole.
- Mental Health and Drug Court assessments and counseling services are provided for individuals selected to participate in these alternative courts.
- Assessment, Individual and Group Therapy, Parent/Child Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Medication Management, Psychiatric Evaluation, Community Outreach and Education on Youth Mental Health First Aid, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Hoarding, Effects of Illicit Drugs, Alcohol and Prescription Medications, Side Effects of Medication, Coping Skills, Family Dynamics, Developing a Recovery Lifestyle, Identifying Self-defeating Behaviors, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Relapse Prevention, and Referrals to appropriate resources.
Our staff is comprised of:
- Professional therapists working within a multidisciplinary team approach ranging in certifications including CADC, LPC, LCPC, MISA, and QMHP.
- Licensed and board certified psychiatrist
Cost of Services
- Sliding scale fees available
- Counseling at no charge for seniors age 60 and above, caregivers, or grandparents raising grandchildren
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
For general information, call (815) 941-3404
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Tania Schwer Senior Programs Director Senior Programs provide information and community based programs designed to maintain health and assist residents aged 60+. For information on the following services, please call 941-3404. * All services are for those aged 60 and above, and their caregivers. Grundy County offers a number of programs directed at preserving, protecting and promoting health for the senior citizens of Grundy County. If you need further assistance, please contact the Senior’s Division at (815) 941-3404. For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.
Information Assistance and Referral (815) 941-3404
Provides information to seniors, their families and other community agencies on how to access programs, services and benefits available to older individuals. Information and assistance is available for Medicare, Medicaid, Benefit Asset, Pharmaceutical Assistance programs and Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). These services are available at no cost.
Community Care Program (CCP)
On-staff care coordinators are available to provide consultations to assess an individual’s need, review service options, and develop a plan of care, free of charge- if eligible. This program can also assist Seniors with basic household tasks and (for older persons who are moderately impaired), supervising: personal grooming and bathing. These particular services are provided by an agency other than the health department.
Choices for Care
Provides a consultation to all nursing facility applicants who are age 60 and older to explore options for long term care which may include home and community-based services or nursing facility care. A comprehensive assessment helps identify needs, reviews service options and cost, and assists in developing a plan of care. A prospective nursing facility applicant can then choose services that are appropriate and affordable. Care Coordinators provide a free consultation to review service options.
Caregiver Support Group and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
The Grundy County Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris.
This support group is for caregivers who are providing care to a senior who suffers from any type of physical or mental impairment such as Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson ‘s disease, or cancer.
The Grundy County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris.
This support group is for any grandparent/caregiver who is raising or is the primary caregiver to children under the age of 18.
For more information please contact the Health Department at 815-941-3404.
-Home Delivered Meals
Arranges home delivered meals for homebound seniors who are unable to shop, prepare meals, or attend a Senior Dining Center. After meals begin, a Care Coordinator from the Senior Programs Division makes a home visit (by appointment) to confirm eligibility and provide information on additional resources. To be eligible you must be homebound and have difficulty preparing meals. Income and assets are not considered when determining eligibility, but a donation towards the cost of the meals is requested.
Home delivered meals are authorized in those situations where a client is in need of a hot nutritious meal, and they are unable to prepare their own because of illness or disability. The meals and those individuals who volunteer to deliver those meals are coordinated through the Community Nutrition Network.
A qualified professional can provide counseling for aging issues such as illness, loss and grief, relationships, substance abuse, depression and other emotional problems. Call (815) 941-3404 for further information.
You may be providing care to a person age 60 or over, or you may be a grandparent raising grandchildren. We can help! We can offer information and assistance to connect caregivers to service agencies that can help. When caregivers need to take a short break from their responsibilities, in home, adult daycare, and overnight services are available. This program also assists Grandparents raising Grandchildren. Mental health counseling is also available for caregivers who need to work through any problems they are experiencing due to their caregiver responsibilities.
The National Council on the Aging created BenefitsCheckUp to help older adults quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. Visit Benefits Checkup www.benefitscheckup.org.
Additional Links of interest:
Illinois Department of Aging – www.state.il.us/aging
Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NEILAAA) – www.ageguide.org
The Outreach Program is designed to seek out seniors who are not aware of the services provided by the health department. Staff in this program work hard to inform the public of our services by providing educational classes, attending health fairs, making presentations before local community groups, and making home visits to distribute information on our services.
For more information on the following services please call 815-941-3404.
Home Delivered Meals
Nutritious meals may be delivered to eligible persons.
Community Care Program
Assistance with personal care, shopping, light housework, meal preparation, etc.
Visit the National Council on the Aging website. It provides help for senior citizens and their families to find information about state and federal benefits. Visit Benefits Checkup – www.benefitscheckup.org
Since September 11, 2001, there have been presidential directives requiring government agencies to implement an Incident Command system and train staff in All Hazards Preparedness. Emergency Response Planning has grown from a focus on Bioterrorism to an All Hazards Emergency Plan. Response to pandemic influenza, terrorist agents, nuclear disasters, as well as weather related incidents are addressed in the plan. All would present emergency situations that would require a public health response.
Information pertaining to Public Health Emergency Preparedness
1: To be better prepared for Emergency Situations click on the following links:
Take our Emergency Preparedness Survey
Emergency Information located on the Grundy County Website
2: For further information on Bioterrorism visit:
Our Volunteer Coordinator is focusing on recruiting, training, and maintaining our current Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Corp, currently at 50 volunteers. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and bring a lot of experience to the table for us to utilize in our Points of Dispensing Sites (P.O.D.S.). Our goal for the future is to have a volunteer corps of 300+ volunteers. Please see our MRC page for more information.
In case of an Emergency:
In case of an emergency, we are asking all Grundy County residents to have completed a Medication Screening and Consent form. This form would be used to determine medication type for you and your family. Please print and keep this form in a secure place. We also encourage all residents to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit in their homes.
In an emergency, you will be directed to bring this form to a Dispensing Site.
Kelly Hitt Volunteer/MRC Coordinator email@example.com Grundy County periodically offers training in life saving skills such as first aid and basic life support. Here you will find the flyers for each training that we offer and available dates.