Monterey County: Creating a Legacy of Health Together
The Monterey County Health Department exists to enhance, protect and improve the health of the people in Monterey County. To accomplish this the Department provides a wide variety of health-related services in the areas of public health, environmental health, behavioral health and clinic services.
The Monterey County Health Department's Mission and Goals
Working to enhance, promote and protect the health of Monterey County's individuals, families, communities and environment.
- Ensure the optimal capacity and infrastructure to carry out public health functions
- Increase the number of individuals adopting and sustaining healthy and environmentally sound behaviors
- Prevent, survey and control communicable diseases
- Prevent and/or manage injuries and chronic disease and mitigate the associated disabilities
- Assess and assure access to appropriate health care and services
- Prevent and reduce the environmental risks to the public and our natural resources, and
- Prepare for and respond to health emergencies and disasters.
The Monterey County Health Department has roots in prior centuries, but its modern history began in the 1920s with its establishment as a separate County department. Today the department serves over 415,000 Monterey County residents with a broad range of health care and promotion services through its nearly 800 employees organized in 7 Bureaus:
Provides Budget and Finance, Human Resources, Planning/Evaluation/Policy, Information Technology, and Facilities functions in addition to oversight of the six other Bureaus listed below. Currently Monterey County Health Department oversees approximately 135 programs, each having distinct ordinances, mandates, and regulations that must be enforced. Each Bureau and Division has unique medical and technical protocols, different funding sources, budgeting factors, reporting responsibilities, facility needs, and staffing requirements.
Behavioral Health Bureau
Links County residents who have mental health and addictive disorders to a continuum of behavioral health interventions such as inpatient hospitalization, crisis interventions, recovery programs, prevention services, supportive housing, wellness centers, and outpatient services. In FY 2009-10 the Bureau & its community-based contractors provided 357,146 services to 7,887 unduplicated clients
Clinic Services Bureau
Operates seven FQHC look-alike clinics providing comprehensive primary medical care, health promotion education and disease prevention services regardless of the patient's ability to pay. In FY 2010-11 Clinic Services provided over 173,000 visits to over 43,000 unduplicated patients.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau
Works with partners to provide medical care to pre-hospital emergency patients by maintaining an EMS system, paramedic/ambulance franchise, EMS training programs, and preparing disaster plans. This division plans, coordinates and evaluates emergency medical services to ensure that emergency medical care is available and consistent at the emergency scene, during transport and in the emergency room.
Environmental Health Bureau
Educates the public and enforces federal, state and local statutes covering consumer health, drinking water, environmental health reviews, hazardous materials, recycling and resources recovery, and solid waste management. This Bureau also conducts Animal Services education, protection, licensing, adoption, and spay/neuter services.
Public Health Bureau
Includes Children’s Medical Services; Disease Prevention and Control; Public Health Laboratory; Women’s, Infants, and Children’s Program; Nutrition Services; and Regional Health Teams which conduct Case Management and Home Visits related to health needs. Programs in the Bureau cover several essential public health services, including surveillance, disaster preparedness, diagnosing and addressing health problems, outreach and education, and mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
Public Administration/Public Guardian
Controls and safeguards all property subject to loss, injury, waste, or misappropriation of Monterey County residents who died without leaving a will or apparent heirs, and also acts as a Representative Payee for Monterey County Residents who are incapable of managing their public entitlement benefits on their own behalf.