Donnie Daniels is the Montgomery County Coroner
Phone No: 912-347-9828
Extension Coordinator - Agriculture Natural Resources Youth Development
Jennifer been employed with as 4-H Agent Wheeler since 2006 daughter Janice Charles Thompson lower Toombs graduate High School Mrs has an Associate Science Abraham Baldwin Agricultural Bachelor s Degree in Agriscience Environmental Systems from the University Georgia is married to Daniel Miller a native of Appling County She and her husband attend Uvalda First Baptist Church
Julie Carter Davis, 4-H Program Assistant
Julie Carter Davis has been employed with the University of Georgia as the County Extension Program Assistant for the last 8 months. She is a native of Emanuel County and resides in Vidalia. She is the daughter of Don and Trasonja Carroll of Oak Park. She is a 2002 graduate of Swainsboro High School. She is married to Bradley Davis. They have two children Braylie Grace and Jenna Faith. She is a member of Rock Worship Center.
LeAnna Outler Connell, Secretary
LeAnna has been employed with the University of Georgia as the County Extension Secretary in Montgomery County since 2001. She is a life long resident of Montgomery County. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Betty Outler of Alston. She is a 1995 graduate of Montgomery County High School. She is married to Russ Connell. They have two children, Darby Elise and Mason Wade. She is a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church where she serves as church secretary and her husband serves as deacon.
Our Mission Statement The mission of UGA Cooperative Extension is to extend lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. County Extension agents help keep farmers abreast of the latest agricultural technology, research and marketing strategies. Some agents help parents cope with the pressures of balancing home, work and children; others help keep families healthy with information on nutrition and food safety.
Learning Heritage: In 1914, Congress established the Cooperative Extension Service to deliver information from land-grant colleges and universities to all Americans, particularly those who lacked access to formal education. The "College on Wheels" carried UGA Faculty and exhibits of interest across the state from 1908 through 1917. Although agriculture and society have changed dramatically during the past 90 years, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension continues to fulfill its basic mission.
Learning for Everyone: The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's educational programs have statewide significance:Â
- In schools through 4-H
- In cities with efforts such as Master Gardeners and Urban Gardening
- In rural areas by helping farmers with crop, conservation and financial information
- In homes by providing food, nutrition, child development and financial literacy information
- In the wild by working with residents to protect the environment
- In the food service industry by providing information and training relating to safe food handling and preparatio.
Through county Extension offices, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible.
Learning for Every Day: Through the cooperative funding of federal, state and county governments, Extension agents are in almost every county in Georgia. Most counties have a combination of agents who specialize in agriculture and natural resources, youth development and family and consumer sciences. Agents complete specialized training to help them meet the needs of the communities they serve. Some specialize in horticulture; others, in row crop or livestock production. Some agents work to help families deal with rural development issues or raise healthy children in urban settings. If you'd like to learn about building a safer environment for your children or protecting the environment we all share, avoiding chronic diseases like diabetes with healthy food or training food handlers in your cafeteria, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is the place to start.
Learning More: Just call the Montgomery County Extension Office at 912 583-2240.
UGA Cooperative Extension Program help With These Areas Agriculture & Natural Resources For more than 90 years, UGA Cooperative Extension has been the trusted source of education, innovation and information for Georgia's agricultural industry. From the latest crop studies to the best land stewardship recommendations, we have the research-based information Georgia producers need.
4-H Youth Georgia 4-H assists youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.
Family & Consumer Sciences Experts in the areas of children, youth and families, food and nutrition, financial security and housing and environment provide education and information to help improve the quality of life for Georgians
The Toombs - Montgomery E.M.S. Director is Raymand Carroll Our
Job is saving lives
Under the guidance of the Director and his Shift Captains, the crews of the Toombs Montgomery Ambulance Service constantly strive to provide to most effective and efficient pre-hospital care available.
All our Units are Advanced Life Support Capable, with personnel who are skilled and dedicated to you our patient. In time of need, you don't want to have to worry about the care you will receive. Each ambulance is in effect a portable emergency room.
Just DIAL 911 from your home phone and help will be on the way!
|Under the combined efforts of the Commissioners of both Toombs and Montgomery Counties, the Toombs Montgomery Ambulance Service provides 911 EMERGENCY Medical Services to both Counties from three Stations.|
Station #1 is located near Meadows Regional at 509 Maple Drive
in Vidalia. This is our Headquarters with a 4 hour crew and a 12 hour
day crew staffed there. The primary area of coverage for this station is
Vidalia, Lyons, Normantown, and East Toombs and Petross. Transfers are
also handled from station #1.
Station #2 is located at the Cedar Crossing Fire Department in the South End of Toombs County. It is staffed by a 24 hour crew. It Provides coverage to Cedar Crossing , Marvin Yancey, New Branch, Johnson Corner, South Thompson, Toombs Central, Uvalda, Alston, Charlottesville, Longpond, and the rest of the lower portions of both Counties.
Station #3 is located in central Montgomery County in the McGregor Community, just behind the Georgia Forestry Commission Lookout Tower. It is Staffed by a 24 Hour Crew. Station 3 covers, Mount Vernon, Ailey, Higgston, Tarrytown, Kibbee, and the rural area in the upper two thirds of Montgomery County. During peak demand times Station #3 provides back-up to Station #1.
Responding to 911 calls is OUR PRIORITY. Our citizens we serve are #1. We do not compromise or jeopardize the health and welfare of our patients. We carefully select our crews and ensure that every ambulance has an advanced life support crew and equipment.
This is a partical list of equipment on board any one of our ambulances. Actual aquipment in use may vary from day to day while in use. However, this will give a good basic idea of what is in each ambulance at any given time.
A. Ventilation and Airway Equipment:
1. Electric suction apparatus and accessories
- Portable suction
- Installed suction
- Wide bore tubing (2)
- Tonsilar suction tips (4)
- Flexible suction catheters 5F-14F (1 ea)
2. Portable oxygen equipment
- Portable min 300 L capacity/'D' tank (2)
- Constant flow regulator with adjustable flow rates from at least 2 - 15 lpm (2)
3. Installed fixed oxygen equipment able to simultaneously deliver to at least two patients
- Fixed min 3000 L capacity/'M'tank (1)
- Remaining tank-pressure gauge (1)
- Liter flowmeter with adjustable flow rate and quick disconnect (2)
- Wall mounted standard oxygen port with quick disconnect (2)
4. Oxygen administration equipment
- Nasal cannula -Adult (4), Pediatric (2), Infant (2)
- Transparent non -rebreather mask Adult (4), Pediatric (3), Oxygen tubing (6)
- Pocket mask - Adult (1), Pediatric (1)
5. Bag mask resuscitators - Adult minimum 800 ml tidal volume (2), Child maximum 400 ml tidal volume (2), Clear masks for use with resuscitators Adult (2), Child (2), Infant (2)
6. Airways - Oropharyngeal sizes 55 mm - 115 mm (2 ea), Nasopharyngeal sizes 20F - 34F (1 ea)B. Immobilization Devices:
1. Rigid cervical collars Pediatric and adult assorted sizes (1 ea, total 5) 2. Head immobilization device (2) 3. Lower extremity traction device (1) 4. Extremity immobilization devices in appropriate sizes (1 set) 5. Long backboards (2) 6. Short spine immobilization device (2) 7. Immobilization straps or cravats (1 set per board)C. Dressings and Bandages:
1. Sterile burn sheets (2) 2. Triangular bandages (1) 3. Sterile dressings - 10x30" or larger (4), ABD 5x9" or larger (6), 4x4" (50) 4. Clean rolled bandages 4" or larger (10) 5. Sterile occlusive dressing, 3x8" or larger (4) 6. Adhesive tape 2" or 3" hypoallergenic (6)D. Radio Communication:
1. Installed mobile radio transceiver utilizing State of Georgia EMS frequencies.E. Obstetrical:
1. Individual sterile kits containing at least a bulb syringe,surgical gloves, sterile disposable scalpel, cord clamps, and plastic bag for placenta disposal (2) 2. Heat reflective or insulating blanket for infantF. Miscellaneous:
1. Sphygmomanometer - Adult (2), Child (1), Infant (1) 2. Stethoscope (2) 3. Heavy bandage shears (2) 4. Flashlights (2) 5. Blankets (4) 6. Sheets (4 sets) pillowcases (4) 7. Pillows (2) 8. Fire extinguisher min. Rating 2A10BC (1) 9. Triage tags (50) 10. Ambulance cot with mounted cot fastening system (1) 11. Luminescent traffic warning devices (2) 12. Scoop stretcher (1) 13. Stair chair or equivalent seated transport device 14. Current US DOT Emergency Response Guidebook (1)G. Infection Control: 1. Body substance isolation
- Eye protection, gloves, gowns, masks, shoe covers (sufficient number for crew)
- Antimicrobial hand wash
- Standard sharps container (1)
- Disposable trash bags (2)
- Biohazard bags
1. Activated Charcoal (2 bottles) 2. Oral Glucose (1 tube) 1. Defibrillator 1. Semi-automatic defibrillator 2. Defibrillator padsA. Vascular Access:
1. Minimum 6000 ml of intravenous fluids, either Normal Saline and/or Lactated Ringers 2. Intravenous administration sets (6) 3. Intravenous Catheters sized 14g to 24g (6 ea) 4. Tourniquet (2) 5. Antiseptic wipes (6) 6. IV pole or roof hook (1)
B. Advanced Airway Control:
1. EOA with mask and syringe
1. Laryngoscope handle with extra batteries and bulbs
2. Laryngoscope blades - Straight size 0, 1, 2, Curved and/or straight 3, 4
3. Endotracheal tubes - Uncuffed size 3.0 mm - 5.0 mm (2 ea), Cuffed size 5.5 mm - 8.0 mm (2 ea)
4. 10 ml non-Luerlock syringes (6)
5. Stylettes -Adult (2), Pediatric size 6 Fr (1)
6. Water soluble lubricating jelly (6 pkgs or 1 tube) - Intraosseous needles (4), 10 cc syringe
A. Vascular Access:
1. Minimum 6000 ml of intravenous fluids, either Normal Saline and/or Lactated Ringers
2. Intravenous administration sets (6)
3. Intravenous Catheters sized 14g to 24g (6 ea)
4. Tourniquet (2)
5. Antiseptic wipes (6)
6. IV pole or roof hook (1)
7. Intraosseous needles (4)
8. Syringes of various sizes including tuberculin
9. Needles size 14g - 24gB. Advanced Airway Control:
1. Laryngoscope handle with extra batteries and bulbs
2. Laryngoscope blades - Straight size 0, 1, 2, Curved and straigh
3. Endotracheal tubes - Uncuffed size 3.0 mm - 5.0 mm (2 ea), Cuffed size 5.5 mm - 8.0 mm (2 ea)
4. 10 ml non-Luerlock syringes (6)
5. Stylettes - Adult (2), Pediatric size 6 Fr(1)
6. Water soluble lubricating jelly (6 pkg or 1 tube)
7. Magill forceps, adult and pediatric sizes (1 ea)C. Cardiac:
1. Manual monitor/defibrillator
2. Monitoring patches (2 sets)
3. Pacing patches (2 sets)
D. Medications: Full disclosure of all medications utilized by the paramedic service.
A. Ventilation and Airway Management:
1. Electric suction apparatus and accessories
- Portable suction
- Installed suction
- Wide bore tubing
- Tonsilar suction tips
- Flexible suction catheters (6 Fr - 14 Fr)
2. Portable oxygen equipment - Minimum 300L capacity / 'D' tank, Constant flow regulator with adjustable flow rates (2 - 15 lpm)
3. Installed fixed oxygen equipment able to simultaneously deliver oxygen to at least 2 patients - Minimum 3000L capacity/ 'M' tank, Tank pressure gauge, Liter flowmeter with adjustable flow rate and quick disconnect
4. Oxygen administration equipment - Nasal cannula, Non -rebreather mask, adult and pediatric, Nebulizer
5. Bag mask resuscitators and masks - Adult, Pediatric, Infant, Neonate
6. Oral and nasopharyngeal airways - Assorted sizes to include 40mm - 115mm, 00-5
7. Advanced airway control
- Laryngoscope blades, straight and curved
- Endotracheal tubes, cuffed and uncuffed (3.0 - 8.0)
- Adult Pediatric, to include size 6 Fr Magill forceps
- Adult Pediatric - Water soluble lubricating jelly, 10ml non-Leurlock syringes
- Needle and surgical airway kit - Heimlich valves / needle decompression kits
8. Ventilator - Peep valve 9. End tidal CO2 Monitoring Device 10. Pulse Oximeter
B. Vascular Access:
1. NS and/or LR
2. Intravenous administration sets
3. Intravenous catheters (24g - 14g)
5. Antiseptic wipes
6. IV pole or hook
7. Intraosseous needles
8. Syringes of various sizes
9. Pressure bagsC. Cardiac:
1. Manual Monitor/Defibrillator/Pacer 2. Monitoring patches 3. Multifunction padsD. Medications:
1. Full disclosure of all medications utilizedE. Immobilization:
1. Rigid cervical collars, adult and pediatric
2. Head immobilization devices
3. Extremity immobilization devices
4. Long backboard/ stretcher/ scoop
5. Immobilization straps
6. Pediatric immobilization deviceF. Dressings and Bandages:
1. Burn dressings
2. Sterile dressings - 10x30" or larger ABD 5x9" or larger 4x4" Roller type bandages Occlusive dressings
Toombs and Montgomery Counties originally received its ambulance service from the local funeral homes. In 1977 Toombs County in association with Meadows Memorial Hospital started the first County Emergency Medical Service. Montgomery County Still received its Ambulance Service from Grimes Funeral Home until 1983, when Wheeler County EMS took over coverage. Starting with 2 ,Southern / Chevy Type One Ambulances, painted Omaha Orange and White Meadows EMS offered this areas first ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT.
In 1987 Meadows EMS acquired the contract to provide service to Montgomery County. The service grew and with the name change of the Hospital became Meadows Regional EMS. The New Color Scheme was Burgundy on a White Background with the Teal Meadows Logo. In March 1994 with the generous assistance of the Cedar Crossing Fire Department, Station Two was opened. This decreased the long response times to the Southern portions of both Counties. In June 2003 Meadows Regional asked for an increase in funding for EMS services. The Toombs County Commission chose to outsource the service to Memorial Health Savannah. Operating as a part of the Rural Division of MedstarOne the "DOTS" years began. In January 2008 Memorial -MedstarOne announced they would not be renewing their contract with either county. A wide variety of options were explored and proposals from other Ambulance Providers reviewed.
Louie Powell of Toombs County and Dr. Ronnie Smith of Montgomery County were in charge of making recommendations. Both Boards of Commissioners met in May 2008 and voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement to jointly create an Ambulance Service to be managed by Toombs County. Now we begin a "NEW ERA" in the history of Emergency Medical Services in Toombs and Montgomery Counties. Our Appearance has changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent. Our crews have always strived to provide the best EMERGENCY, PRE-HOSPITAL CARE.
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW FOR PART TIME PARAMEDICS, AND EMT-I. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE VIDALIA STATION ONLY. EMT STARTING PAY IS $9.00 / Hr PARAMEDIC STARTING PAY IS $12.00 / Hr
Applicants Must Submit:
1. Current copies of the following:
- Drivers License,
- Social Security Card
- CPR or ACLS cards
- EMT-I or Paramedic Cards
- Any Additional EMS Rlated Certifications.
2. A 3 year MVR from the State Motor Vehicle Dept.
3. Undergo an Extensive Background Check including Past Employers, AND Criminal HISTORY.
4. Complete a 2 Part Interview Process.
5. Complete a Drug Screening.
Contact Us: Toombs County E.M.S. 509 Maple Drive Vidalia, GA 30474 ph: 912-537-0880 fax: 912-538-5362 alt: 912-537-5823 Our Main Office is Located at 509 Maple Drive Vidalia, just past the old Meadows Regional Medical Center Building
Family & Children Services
Ms. Tangela Strickland is the director for Treutlen and Montgomery County's Family and Children Services.
Main Office Hours: 8am to 5pm on Monday through Friday, except for Holidays
Family and Children Services P.O. Box 217 Mount Vernon, GA 30445 Phone 912 583 3722
Emergency Contact Numbers: City Police Department - 912 583 2323 Sheriff Department - 912 583 2521
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is part of DHR that investigates child abuse: finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out of work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.
TANF Provides temporary financial assistance to families to meet basic needs while seeking employment, with the goal of helping obtain a job as quickly as possible.
Medicaid Provides assistance to eligible low income residents for medical bills and prescription medications, with programs for both elderly/disabled and children/families.
Food Stamp Program Provides assistance for low income households to improve their nutrition, health and well being. Child Protection Services Provides services to children and their parents/ caretakers in response to actual or suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Foster Care Services Provides licensed and approved foster families who can provide temporary care for children in the custody of the department of social services.
Adoption Services Provides for the assessment and approval of individuals to become the permanent placement for children who are legally freed for adoption.
The Georgia Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several; unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together. Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits. The program helps households that have limited income and resources. When an application which provides the name of the head of household, date and signature of the head of household or another household member is received, either through the mail or in person or by fax, to the Department of Family and Children Services, the application is considered filed. After your application is filed, you or a member of your household must be interviewed by a staff person from DFCS. The person who is interviewed must know about your household situation. For an elderly/disabled individuals or individual experiencing problems coming to the office, the interview may be done by a pre-arranged home visit, through the mail or by telephone. Elderly/disabled households may qualify for benefits regardless of their amount of gross income.
To apply for benefits contact your county Department of Family and Children Services or access Georgia COMPASS online at http://www.compass.ga.gov. Georgians now are able to apply for food stamps online with Georgia COMPASS at www.compass.ga.gov! Georgia COMPASS allows customers to apply for Food Stamps online and check their potential eligibility for other DHR social services programs through the Enterprise Pre-screening tool. Customers, who create an account in Georgia COMPASS, will be able to check the status of their application online. In February 2009, any Food Stamp recipient will be able to make changes to their household circumstances through Georgia COMPASS. DHR is striving to make your experience with us, Faster, Friendlier and Easier! Try Georgia COMPASS today with the link below: http://www.compass.ga.gov Food Stamps Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits.
This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for Food Stamps must be made at your local Food Stamp Office.
Before you begin, you may want to look up the amounts of your earnings, rent or mortgage, utility bills, child support, day care expenses, medical bills (if you are 60 or older, or disable), child support payments or SSI, social security or VA payments. Civil Rights-Non-Discrimination Statement for Food Stamp Program "In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability."
"To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) -720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."
As the largest division in Community Health, Medical Assistance administers the Medicaid program, which provides health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and disabled. If you are a doctor, pharmacist or other provider, you can use the Georgia Health Partnership (GHP) system to get easy, secure and efficient access to health care information. Use this site to obtain Medicaid information, including banner messages and provider manuals. If you have trouble accessing the Health Portal, Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Providers may call: 1-800-766-4456 or 404-298-1228 and members may call: 1-866-211-0950 or 770-570-3373.
To apply for Medicaid, you must submit a completed application at any local DFCS office, by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, or at designated agencies. Applications are available online by clicking the link below in either English or Spanish. For a list of DFCS locations and address, phone, fax numbers in your county click the link below. Application can be submitted by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, or at designated agencies.
- Get application (English): http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/DHR-DFCS/DHR-DFCS_Medicaid/297%20Eng%20App.doc
- Get application (Spanish): http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/DHR-DFCS/DHR-DFCS_Medicaid/297%20Sp%20App.doc
- 10 days from the date of application for pregnant women
- 10 days from the date of report of a newborn
- 45 days from the date of application for all other Medicaid programs including Emergency Medicaid Assistance (EMA) for pregnant woman.
- 60 calendar days beginning with the application date for disabled applicants.
- 10 working days beginning with the application date for all Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (Q-Track) applicants.
What do I need to apply for Medicaid?What are the basic requirements to qualify for Medicaid? Basic requirements to determine eligibility under any Aged Blind Disabled (ABD) Medicaid program includes:
- Aged (65 or older), Blind or Disabled
- Application for other benefits
- Citizenship/Qualified Alien status
- Valid social security number (SSN)
- Assignment of medical benefits to the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)
- Application for other benefits
- Citizenship/Qualified Alien status
- Cooperation with Child Support Service (CSS)
- Valid SSN
- Assignment of medical benefits to DMA
- Living with a Specified Relative (For Low Income Medicaid (LIM) and Newborn only).
- Cooperation with Office of Child Support Services is a requirement of receiving certain types of Medicaid.
- Pay stubs
- Award letter
- Written statement from source
- Computer match
- Copy of check reflecting gross income
- Form 809 - Wage Verification Form
For some Medicaid programs your statement of the source and amount of income, earned or unearned may be accepted unless questionable. For others all income must be verified. Verification of income is required when information available to the agency contradicts your statement or your statement is otherwise questionable.
What is the maximum value of items (resource) I can own and still qualify for Medicaid?
The appropriate resource limit is dependent upon several factors including the Medicaid program for which you are applying. For a list of resource limits click the link below. Income and Resource Requirements [/pane][pane] You have the primary responsibility for providing verification to support statements or to resolve questionable information. You will be given sufficient time to verify information. The agency will assist you in obtaining verification when assistance is requested.
What kind of documentation do I need to prove citizenship? Citizenship Requirement (Effective July 1, 2006) Providing Verification of Citizenship for Medicaid What is changing? Congress passed a new law. Beginning on July 1, 2006, all people who get Medicaid or people who apply for Medicaid must be able to verify that they are U.S. citizens or nationals.
Note: If you are enrolled in Medicare or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or are a â??Qualified Alienâ??, you will not be affected by this new law.
What kind of verification do you need?
The best way to verify that you are a citizen is with one of these:
- A U.S. Passport
- A Certificate of Naturalization (DHS Forms N-550 or N-570)
- A Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (DHS Forms N-560 or N-561)
(If you do not have any of these items, you will need two documents, one document to show you are a citizen and one document to show who you are.)
You can use any of the following to verify you are a citizen:
- Your birth certificate
- Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350)
- A Report of Certification of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240 or FS-545)
- U.S. Citizen I.D. card (DHS Form I-197)
- Adoption Papers
- Military Record showing where you were born
- American Indian Card (I-872)
- Northern Mariana ID Card (I-873)
- Evidence of civil service employment by the U.S. government
- Your picture on your current State driverâ??s license or State ID card
- Your picture on your school ID card
- A U.S. Military ID card
- A Federal, State or Local government ID card with your picture or identifying information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, color of eyes, and address
- School record that shows date and place of birth with parent(s) name
- Clinic, doctor or hospital record showing date of birth
- Daycare or nursery school record showing date and place of birth
- Affidavit signed under penalty of perjury by a parent or guardian (U.S. citizen) attesting to their childâ??s identity (your Case Manager will have the form needed)
- Check with your local county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) about other ways to verify you are a citizen and to show who you are
- Tell your local county DFCS why you canâ??t get the verification, and
- Give your local county DFCS any documents you have
NOTE: Only original document or a copy certified by the Agency that has the original can be used. You cannot use a photocopy of a notarized copy of your document. How much time do you have to show this documentation to Medicaid? 45 days is the normal time your local county DFCS office may need to work on your application. Check with your local county DFCS office if you need additional time to see exactly how much time you have to get your verification. What if you still have questions? If you still have questions, contact your local county DFCS office or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Information is also available on the cms.hhs.gov web site. The division also administers the PeachCare for Kidsâ?¢ http://www.peachcare.org/ Children's health insurance program and the Indigent Care Trust Fund. Other Medicaid programs include Georgia Better Health Care, home and community-based services and non-emergency transportation. The division spends nearly $6 billion to provide services to an average monthly enrollment of 1.5 million Georgians.
Georgia Families is a new program that provides health care services to enrolled members of Medicaid and PeachCare for Kidsâ?¢. It is a partnership between the Department of Community Health and three health care plans, also known as private care management organizations (CMOs). The plans are: Amerigroup Community Care, Peach State Health Plan and WellCare.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), commonly known as welfare, is the monthly cash assistance program for poor families with children under age 18.
Cooperation with Office of Child Support Services is a requirement of receiving TANF benefits. Eligibility Requirements for TANF A child may be eligible for TANF if deprived due to the absence, death, or disability of a parent. A family must meet financial criteria to receive TANF. For example, a family of three (mother and two children) must have a gross income below $784 a month and countable assets of less than $1,000. Receipt of cash assistance is limited to 48 months in a lifetime. A family receiving TANF for ten months might not receive increased cash assistance for the birth of additional children. All adult recipients have a work requirement, and are required to participate in work activities and training for at least 30 hours weekly. These work activities help recipients gain the experience needed to find a job and become self-sufficient.
Cooperation with Office of Child Support Services is a requirement of receiving TANF benefits. How to Apply To apply for TANF, contact the county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office in the county where you live. Fact Sheets
Georgia Department of
TANF IN GEORGIATemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), commonly known as welfare, is the monthly cash assistance program for poor families with children under age 18. A family of three (mother and two children) may qualify for TANF if their gross income is below $784 a month and assets are worth less than $1,000. TANF is administered by DHRâ??s Division of Family and Children Services. There is a four-year lifetime limit on cash assistance. Work is a major component of TANF; adult recipients with a child over age 1 are required to participate in a work activity. These activities help recipients gain the experience needed to find a job and become self-sufficient. Georgiaâ??s first TANF recipients to reach their lifetime limit left the rolls January 1,2001; 7,685 have reached their lifetime limit as of June 1, 2003. Of these, 6,157 are no longer receiving TANF, while 1,528 clients received a hardship extension for June 2003.
- Â Total TANF recipients (June 2003) ----- 137,279 (103,858 children, 33,421 adults)
- Â TANF cash assistance budget, FY03 --- $156.8 million ($60.8 million state funds)
- From January 1997 to August 2003, the number of families receiving cash assistance decreased by 49 percent.
- Families 114,154 57,823
- People 302,473 138,609
- Black: 77.3 percent
- Hispanic: 2.1 percent
- White: 20.1 percent
- Other: .5 percent
- Â Average monthly cash benefit through June 2003 -------------------------------- $225
- Â Average family size ----------------------------------------------- 3 (mother, 2 children)
- Â Maximum monthly benefit for family of three ------------------------------------ $280
- Poverty level for a family of three-----------------------------------------$1,272/month
The State of Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program helps Georgia families pay for early childhood and school age care programs. Subsidized care is available for children from age birth to age 13, or up to age 18 if the child has special needs. CAPS is available in all of Georgiaâ??s 159 counties. Email CAPS - firstname.lastname@example.org Program Overview The State of Georgiaâ??s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program helps Georgia families pay for early childhood and school age care programs. Subsidized care is available for children from age birth to age 13, or up to age 18 if the child has special needs. CAPS is available in each of Georgiaâ??s 159 counties. Parents or guardians may qualify to receive subsidized child care if they: Have a limited income, and need child care to work, attend school, or participate in training. Families that qualify for the CAPS program can choose their own child care providers. Most eligible families pay a portion of the child care fee directly to the provider and CAPS pays a portion of the fee directly to the provider. The fee is based on the number of people in the family and the amount of income that the family earns. Funds Availibility There is not enough money to serve all of the families who need help with child care and who are eligible. This has lead to increasing numbers of families on the waiting list. As families move and/or drop out of the program, or as funds become available, families on the waiting list are contacted. It is difficult to predict how long a family on the list may wait. To apply contact the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in the county where you live. A staff member at the county DFCS office will know if funds are available to serve additional families and can describe the program requirements.
Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) Agencies Georgia has a network of child care resource and referral (R&R) agencies to help families locate child care providers. The R&R staff member can give you a list of child care providers who meet your criteria. Choosing a Provider
How to Choose a Child Care Provider Choosing the best child care for your young child or school age child is not easy. It will take time to find a caregiver that best meets your childâ??s needs. Visit child care providers in your area to observe their programs and ask questions. Compare the choices and select the provider that is best for your family.
Look at the steps shown below for helpful advice!
Step One - How to Choose a Child Care ProviderCall the caregivers and ask...
- Is there an opening for my child?
- Where are are you located?
- What are the days and hours that you are open to provide child care?
- How much does care cost?
- Do you enroll children who are subsidized by the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)?
- Is your program licensed or registered?
- How many children are in your care?
- What ages of children do you serve in your program?
- Do you provide meals and snacks?
- Do you provide transportation?
- When can I come to visit?
Step Two - How to Choose a Child Care ProviderVisit the program and...
- Look to see if the caregivers are nurturing and responsive to the children. Do the caregivers seem to enjoy talking and playing with the children?
- Look to see if there are a variety of toys and learning materials that are interesting and which will contribute to the childrenâ??s growth and development.
- Look to see if the children are happily involved in the activities and comfortable with their caregiver.
- Listen to see if the caregivers seem cheerful and patient. How does the caregiver discipline the children; does she shout or does she take the child out of the group to quietly discuss the infraction?
- Ask about the background and experience of the staff. How long have the caregivers worked in the child care program?
- Do they have degrees or credentials? What training have the caregivers had in the past year?
- What is the discipline policy of the program?
Step Three - How to Choose a Child Care ProviderDrop In and Visit. An unscheduled visit will allow you to observe a typical day with the caregiver. Quality child care programs do not all look alike, but they do have these things in common: The caregivers/teachers should enjoy being with the children. They are responsive and nurturing. They get down on each childâ??s level to speak to the child. They meet each childâ??s needs without delay, even when things get busy. The caregivers/teachers understand child development and recognize and respect individual differences in the childrenâ??s abilities, interests, and needs. The caregivers/teachers are trained and experienced; they attend professional workshops, classes or seminars regularly. The child care setting is clean, bright, and pleasant. There are different areas for active play, quiet play, and resting. There is a fenced outdoor area with a variety of safe equipment. There is enough space and there are enough toys and materials for the number of children in the group. The activities should be interesting and include a balance of play time, story or reading time, activity time, and rest time. Activities should allow time for children to play quietly indoors (individually or in small groups) and to play vigorously outdoors. Toys and materials should be appropriate for the age of the children in care. All areas of the childrenâ??s development are stressed equally; the activities promote mental, physical, social, and emotional development. Communication is important. Parents are welcome to visit the child care program at any time. The caregiver takes time discuss the highlights of the childâ??s day with parents. Caregivers show respect for families of different cultures and backgrounds. Caregivers meet with one another regularly to plan and evaluate the program.
Step Four - How to Choose a Child Care ProviderDecide which program is best for your child...
- Which care should I choose so that my child will be happy and grow?
- Which caregiver can meet the unique needs of my child?
- Is the child care accessible and affordable for my family?
- Are the caregiverâ??s values similar to my familyâ??s values?
- Can I comfortably communicate with the caregivers?
If you need help in finding child care providers near your home, job, or school, you can contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. The child care specialists at the agency maintain a computer database that lists center based programs, family child care homes, group child care homes, after school programs and summer care programs. The specialist can tell you what hours the program operates, the fees for care, where scholarships are available, etc. If you arenâ??t sure which Child Care Resource & Referral Agency serves your county, call 1-888-893-4582 or 912-382-9919.
1. What if my child has special needs? Children with special needs may be eligible to receive CAPS if the family meets CAPS eligibility requirements. CAPS supports the Inclusion Project to help families who have children with special needs to locate child care providers. The project also offers training and technical assistance, adaptive equipment, and other resources to childcare providers who include a child with special needs into the child care setting. (http://www.ganet.org/gccc/disabilities/Inclusion_Project.pdf )
2. Can I receive CAPS if I attend college? Adults who are exclusively attending college to earn a four year or graduate degree are not eligible for the CAPS program. Adults attending college and working may be eligible for childcare subsidies because work is considered to be the 'primary activity.' Time attending college classes is not counted toward the required minimum number of hours.
3. Can I receive CAPS if I attend high school? Obtaining a high school diploma is an important step in becoming a self-sufficient adult. Teen parents who need child care to attend high school may receive CAPS if the family meets eligibility criteria.
4. Can I receive CAPS if I attend technical school? Families that meet the eligibility criteria may receive childcare services while attending technical school. However, after 12 months of exclusive attendance in technical school, the adult must become employed and meet the work hour requirements to continue to receive CAPS.
5. What are the CAPS work requirements? In general, to be eligible for the CAPS program, the parent(s) or responsible person(s) in the family must work, attend a job training program, or attend GED or high school classes. In single adult families, the adult must participate in work activities an average of 25 hours per week. In two parent families, each adult must participate in work activities an average of 35 hours per week. Adults may combine activities to meet the work hour requirements, for example, the adult may attend technical college for 12 hours per week and work for 25 hours per week. Employment is defined as regular and predictable work performed by the parent or responsible person in exchange for federal minimum wages.
6. Do families who receive CAPS pay any fees? Most parents or guardians pay some of the childcare costs on a sliding scale based on the family's income and size. CAPS pays the remainder of the costs, up to the state's maximum reimbursement level, to the provider. If the provider charges more than the state's maximum reimbursement rate, the family is responsible for paying the difference between the DFCS rate and the providerâ??s charges to the provider. The National Child Care Information Center publishes state profile data on children and families. The data includes demographic information about children, families and child care in each state, as well as contact information for different state agencies involved in child care.
If I am over income for CAPS, are there other programs that can help my family? There are some childcare resources that do not have income requirements for families. Georgia has a network of childcare resource and referral (R&R) agencies that can help families locate child care providers. The staff members explain what to look for to find a quality childcare setting, and give the family a list of providers who meet the familyâ??s criteria. The agency staff can also tell the family who offers scholarship funds or charges fees based on a sliding fee scale. Georgiaâ??s Pre-kindergarten Program provides Georgia's four-year-old children with high-quality preschool experiences. Children four years of age on September 1 of the current school year whose parents are Georgia residents are eligible. There are no family income requirements or work requirements. The Pre-K program is voluntary. To enroll their children in Pre-K, parents should contact their local public school system or private preschool providers. Parents may call the Office of School Readiness toll-free at 1-888-4GA-PREK.
There are other resources that low and moderate income families may be eligible to receive. Mothers and children may be eligible for the Women, Infant, Children(WIC) program. WIC meets the special nutritional needs of low income pregnant, post partum and breast feeding women, infants and children up to age five. Georgia's WIC Program is available through 279 local clinics and more than 1,583 retail grocery vendors. WIC services are available in county health departments in every county in Georgia. To apply, call the Health Department in the county where you live or call 404-657-2900 for information. Families may be able to claim federal income tax credits if they pay for childcare. The credit can be up to 30% of the childcare expenses. For more information, check the Internal Revenue Service's web site at www.irs.gov and search for publication number 503 called "Child and Dependent Care Credits Income Requirements Maximum Allowable Family Income for CAPS Eligibility
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How to Report Abuse or Â Neglect Division of Family and Children Services The job of protecting children starts in the community. While certain people are required by law to report child mistreatment, anyone can make a report of suspected abuse. The sooner the authorities know about a child, the faster they can move to help. THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Children who are Maltreated are often:
- Left home alone in the neighborhood for long periods without supervision
- Â Frequently hungry
- Dressed inadequately for the weather
- Absent from school frequently
- Bruised or have other marks of physical violence
- Withdrawn or overly aggressive
- Not receiving needed medical attention
If a relative, friend or neighbor sees one or more of these signs or suspects that the children are in danger, the situation should be reported to the county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
HOW TO REPORT If a child is in immediate danger (obviously being beaten or left alone overnight, for example), the police should be called immediately. In all other cases, reports should be made to the DFCS office in the county where the child lives. People who call to report suspected abuse do not have to be sure maltreatment has occurred. They simply report what they have seen or heard. The authorities will investigate and confirm whether or not abuse has occurred. People who call are asked to give the name and location of the child and the name of the suspected perpetrator. Reports are confidential and those who call do not have to give their name. However, it is most helpful to the child in the long run if the reporter is willing to give his or her name and address and, if necessary, testify in court.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT If a child is under age 18 and appears to have been abused or neglected by a parent or caretaker, DFCS will begin investigating immediately. If the child is not in imminent danger, a caseworker will visit the family within 5 days. If the person who makes the original report wants to know what DFCS did, he or she can call the department and find out whether the maltreatment was confirmed.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT? Georgia law requires people in certain professions to report. Mandated reporters include:
- Physicians, nurses and hospital personnel
- School and day care personnel
- Social workers and counselors
- African-American children older than one year of age
- Three or more brothers and sisters who need to be placed together
- Children age eight or older
- Children with documented physical, emotional, or mental disabilities
- Two brothers and or sisters, one of whom has a special need
The Adoption Process The process of adoption is exploratory for both the parent and the state. Through a partnership with the family, DHR evaluates the familyâ??s strengths in parenting a Special Needs child. During this time, the family can ready themselves for this major life change.
From Parent to Parent The decision to adopt involves much self-reflection and serious planning. For firsthand insight on the adoption experience, you can view videos of parents who went through the adoption process successfully.
Private Agencies Children who are not in the custody of DHR may be adopted through a private agency.
Independent Adoptions If you wish to adopt a relative, you will need to go through the court and file an adoption petition.
Adopting Across State Lines To adopt a child outside of Georgia, you must follow the regulations of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC).
Adoption Assistance Assistance is available to help meet the costs of caring for children with Special Needs, as defined above for the purpose of adoption. The amount of the assistance depends on the child's needs. Adoption is a social and legal process that creates a new family, giving adopted children the same rights and benefits as those born into the family.
Who are these children? Why are they being adopted? At any given time, there are hundreds of children in permanent state custody of the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) due to unresolved family crises. Most of the children come from difficult situations and live in foster homes. If the child is available for adoption, the parents may have volunteered to give up their parental rights, but usually these rights were terminated by the court system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many of the children are in the adoptive category of Special Needs. To view a photo and description of children currently in need of a permanent home please visit the My Turn Website at www.myturnnow.com
A Message from the Adoption Unit Manager, Debra C. Lookabill, MSW The Division of Family and children Services, State Adoption Unit is committed to educating the public, private partners and DFCS field staff in regards to best practices in adoption and to facilitate and support the adoption of children in the permanent custody of the Department of Human Resources. I hope you will find this website informative, my staff knowledgeable and courteous in responding to your questions.
Mission Recognizing that children deserve safe, loving and nurturing relationships with permanent families, DFCS and its partners will provide a continuum of available, accessible and effective services that enable and support the placement of children in adoptive families.
- African-American children older than one year of age
- Three or more brothers and sisters who need to be placed together
- Children age eight and older
- Children with documented physical, emotional or mental disabilities
The Montgomery County Forestry Commission provides a wide variety of services including fire detection, issuing burn permits, wildfire suppression and prevention services, emergency and incident command system expertise, rural fire department assistance, forest management assistance to landowners and communities, the marketing and utilization of forest resources and nature services, and growing and selling quality tree seedlings for planting. The information links showing the latest anual forestry report. The link to the state or Georgia forestry website has complete information about the state of Georgia forestry service..
In Montgomery County, there is a total of 122,237 forested acres, which are under the protection of the Georgia Forestry Commission. The Montgomery County Forestry Unit is responsible for all forest protection activities involving the suppression of forestland wildfires, pre-suppression firebreaks, and other forest related activities. Under the supervision of Chief Ranger Randall J. Mosley, the Montgomery County Forestry unit's resources are as follows, two full time employees who maintain and operate two tractor-plow units. As fire weather dictates, the county is patrolled daily by Forestry Commission aircraft for wildfire and controlled burning detection. The Board of Commissioners in Montgomery County contributed $4889.48 to the Georgia Forestry Commission during the fiscal year toward the cost of protecting the forestlands of Montgomery County. State funds allocated annually make up the remainder of the cost incurred by the Montgomery County Forestry Unit.
The Georgia Forestry Commission, through local personnel and an assigned management forester, provide many other services to the landowners and managers of Montgomery County. These include: forest management recommendations, prescribe burning advice and assistance, detailed forest management plans, planting and site preparation advice, tree planter rental, educational programs, and many other services. All of these services are coordinated under a plan to promote a better understanding of forest management, fire suppression, and the benefits of stewardship and conservation. Our goal is to conserve, perpetuate, and increase the resources of our State and its counties, to enhance or improve the economic and aesthetic benefits to all citizens.
OUR MISSION: THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FORESTRY COMMISSION MISSION IS TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, AND EDUCATION IN THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF GEORGIA'S FOREST RESOURCES. OUR VISION: THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FORESTRY COMMISSION VISION IS TO HAVE HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE FORESTS PROVIDING CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, AND ABUNDANT PPRODUCTS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Click on the link below to access Forestry Commission Website http://www.gfc.state.ga.us
Contact: Montgomery Forestry Unit 1435 Highway 280 Ailey, Ga 30410 912 583 3756
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00-5:00
- Tuesday 8:00-7:00
- Friday 8:00-12:00
Montgomery County Health Department 218 West Broad Street PO Box 212 Mount Vernon GA 30445 Phone 912-583-4602 Fax 912-583-4085
- Lawton C. Davis, MD-Medical Director
- Daisy B. Haines, RN/Nurse Manager
- Brittany Swain, LPN
- Connie D. Spires, Secretary/Office Manager
- Crystal Youmans, WIC Clerk
- Curtis "Dale" Krosting, Environmental Health Specialist, III
- Charles Truett, Jr. - Chairman
- Brandon Braddy - Vice-Chairman
- Don McArthur - Member
- Mildred Tuck - Member
- Joey Fountain - Member
- James Lynn Batten - Member
- Dorothy Days - Mamber
- Health Check
- Scoliosis Screening
- Head Lice Screening
- Hearing, Vision & Dental Screening
- WIC (Women, Infant & Children)
- Immunizations-Flu & Pneumonia
- Stroke & Heart Attack Prevention
- Infectious Disease Control/HIV Screening/Treatment of Sexually Transmitted
- Family Planning, Physical Exams, Confidential Teen Physicals
- Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening/Mammogram Referrals
- Perinatal Case Management
- Pregnancy Related Services
The mission of the Environmental Health Section of the Montgomery County Health Department is to provide primary prevention through a combination of surveillance, education, enforcement, and assessment programs designed to identify, prevent and abate the environmental conditions that adversely impact human health.
Goals of the Environmental Health Programs include:
Facilities Inspection Program Minimize illnesses and injuries through the administration and enforcement of Georgia Department of Human Resources Rules governing the regulation and routine inspection of all Food Service Establishments, Tourist Accommodations, and Public Swimming Pools within the county, through the investigation of complaints and illnesses associated with these facilities, and through the provision of education and training for operators and managers of permitted establishments.
Land Use Program Minimize health problems related to untreated human sewage through the administration and enforcement of Georgia Department of Human Resources Rules which govern the regulation, permitting and inspection of all newly installed on-site sewage management systems, through the investigation and inspection of all repairs made to improperly functioning on-site sewage management systems, and through the education, training, and certification of environmentalist health staff, septic tank installers, pumpers, soil scientists, geologists, and engineers involved in installing, maintaining, and repairing on-site sewage management systems. Minimize waterborne illnesses related to contaminated well water at regulated facilities and private homes through the evaluation and inspection of individual drinking water supply systems and the collection of water samples for bacteriological analysis.
Rabies Control Program Prevent cases of human rabies and minimize the spread of animal rabies through the investigation of all reported animal bites, through provision of consultation and assistance to animal bite victims in obtaining post exposure rabies vaccine when needed, and through promotion of animal vaccination programs throughout the county.
Community Risk Reduce community risk through investigation and response to any Environmental condition or occurrence which poses an imminent health threat to the community or to the citizens of Montgomery County and through collaboration with the Emergency Preparedness Program to develop community preparedness plans and to respond to any Public Health Emergency. Environmental Health staffing for routine services is provided in Montgomery County on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during regular Health Department hours. Fees are charges for most Environmental services based on a fee schedule adopted by the Montgomery County Board of Health. Additional information related to Environmental Health Programs and copies of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Rules and Regulations for programs regulated by Environmental Health can be found at the state Environmental Health website: http://health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/index.asp
Healthy Start 912 Bellevue Avenue, Dubin, GA 31021 Phone: 478-274 7616 Fax 478-27 4-7622
Mission Statement To develop a collaborative effort to advocate for the well being of infants and families through the promotion and support of positive health behaviors.
Who We Are Heart of Georgia Healthy Start is a locally planned and implemented infant mortality reduction project. Our purpose is to decrease infant mortality and improve the health of all babies in our community. We use research-based methods to combat the causes of infant mortality in our area.
What We Do
- Improve access to preconceptional and early prenatal care.
- Link women and families with community resources.
- Provide individualized perinatal education, support, assessment, and health care to at risk women and families.
- Target specific health behaviors known to decrease infant morbidity and mortality including breastfeeding, smoking cessation, substance abuse treatment, correct car seat use, and improving women's health before a pregnancy begins.
How it is DoneOutreach Actively reaching out into the community to identify women and families in need.
- Making referrals to community resources.
- Providing support and encouragement to clients.
- Providing parenting and health education to individuals and groups.
- Coordinating health care through assessment, education, referral, and follow-up.
- Providing preconceptional and intensive prenatal/postpartum care to at risk women.
- Offering support and guidance to families.
- Offering parenting classes and support groups in ten counties.
- Providing classes in childbirth preparation, parenting, breastfeeding, car seat safety, SIDS risk reduction, stress management, and smoking cessation.
- Developing strong collaborative partnerships among community leaders, consumers, health and social service providers, and other members of the community concerned with improving the health of infants and families
A United Way Agency
The Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Coalition (a United Way Agency) was formed in 1993 ald incorporated for non-profit status in 1996. The Coalition has over 90 members representing hospitals, public health, private physicians, consumers, Family Connections, Department of Family and Children's Services, businesses, Housing Authorities, schools, and churches. The purpose of the Coalition is to develop a collaborative effort to advocate for the well being of infants and families through the promotion and support of positive health behaviors. Previous activities of the Heart of Georgia Healthy Start coalition included the development of a "Partners at Work" Program funded through United Way which enabled perinatal education and support to be offered at the worksite. Smoking cessation, lactation support, and our "Lunch and Learn" classes (nutrition, parenting, stress management, etc.) are available on request. The Coalition also participates in strategic planning to address needs and concerns related to infant mortality and low birth weight infants. The Coalition was responsible for bringing the federally funded Healthy Start Program to the South Central Health District. The MELD for Young Dads program was acquired in our area for Dodge, Laurens, and Johnson Counties through the efforts of the Coalition. Professional perinatat inservices are offered on a continual basis in our ten county service area. Workshops have included the American Cancer Society's "Fresh Start Family" (smoking cessation intervention) and breastfeeding education to hospital, public health, and private physician staff. The Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Coalition has also provided SIDS risk reduction programs and promoted folic acid intake through its Women's Health Committee. Other committees such as Teen/Youth Issues, Tobacco prevention/Smoking Cessation, Advocacy, Breastfeeding, and Collaborative Development strive to support the efforts of health care rofessionals and promote healthy behaviors among consumers.
Better Health for Babies
What is Healthy Start? Heart of Georgia Healthy Start is a locally planned and implemented infant mortality reduction project. We are part of a network of federally funded Healthy Start programs, but our project is unique and was specially designed by members of our community. Heart of Georgia Healthy Start is a partnership of the 10-county South Central Health District and the Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Coalition.
Our Purpose Our purpose is to decrease infant mortality and improve the health of all babies in our communities. We use research-based methods to combat the causes of infant mortality in our area.
Contact Information: Location and mailing address: 912 Bellevue Avenue Telephone: 478-274-7616 Toll free: 800-880-0117 Dublin, GA 31021 Fax: 478-274-7622
Heart of Georgia Healthy Start services:
- Parent to parent support (Healthy Start Advocates)
- Breastpump loan program
- Breastfeeding counseling and classes
- Childbirth Education Care by registered nurses for pregnant women and mothers of infants
- Follow-up care for infants through the age of two years
- SIDS risk reduction education
- Established a strong and broad-based perinatal consortium for our en-county area in Middle Georgia: Bleckley, Dodge, Jobnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox Counties.
- Trained women from at-risk communities and employed them to provide perinatal education and support in settings such as housing areas, health departments, schools, after school programs, hospitals, and churches.
- Increased breastfeeding initiation rates from 29%to 44% over a two-year period.
- Created a realistic incentive program designed to reimburse families or the time, money and effort they invest in positive perinatal health behaviors such as keeping healthcare appointments, attending parenting classes, and breastfeeding their babies
- Significantly increased the number of perinatal home visits provided to at-risk families in our area.
- Implemented a Meld for Young Dads Program in three counties to provide primary prevention of child abuse and to increase the involvement of young fathers in the health and development and their infants.
- Partnered with the faith community day care, and parents to decrease the SIDS rate to almost zero.
- Expanded the breastpump loan program in our ten-county area to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers and infants with medical reasons for pump use. Coordinated this program with the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that provides care to the babies from our region.
- Provided professional continuing education to physicians and nurses on such topics as perinatal substance abuse, SIDS, and lactation.
- Placed peer counselors in eleven schools in our en-county rural area to provide preconceptional nd perinatal education and to support and coordinate with the efforts of school counselors nd life planning course teachers.
- Offered an extensive array of group and individual education programs such as childbirth reparation, parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, and smoking cessation.
- Identified and implemented successful approaches to change the health behaviors of families most likely to impact infant well-being.
Adult Literacy Center
Our adult Literacy Center is open Monday through Thursday for day classes from 8:30am to 1:30pm. The center is closed on Friday. There is no cost to attend GED classes at our Literacy Center. It's absolutely 100% free. You can also earn a $500.00 Hope Scholarship to attend Southeastern Tech when you pass your GED. The length of time it takes for you to earn your GED depends on you! The program is tailored to meet each student's needs. When you are ready to take the GED, we will send a referral. You must be at least 16 years old to attend our classes. However, special permission is required on 16 - 19 year olds. Call 912 538 3165 in Vidalia or our center in Mt Vernon at 912 583 2535 for more information. Southeastern Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or handicapping condition.
The mission of STC's Adult Education Program is to enable every adult learner in our service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to compete in the workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.
- Basic Skills
- Social Studies
- GED Classes Online
- Other Test Preparation
215 Railroad Street, Mount Vernon Georgia 30445
The Montgomery County Public Library is a member of the Ohoopee Regional Library System. The Ohoopee Library system offers adult and juvenile materials to meet your information and recreational needs. Circulating collections of fiction and non fiction books are available for you to enjoy. You may also choose from the library's collection of audiobooks, VCR, and DVD movies. You will find reference collections to provide timely and precise information on a wide variety of topics at the Montgomery county Public library. Adult and children's magazines are great for relaxing and keeping up with current events. Our library also subscribes to local, state, and national newspapers.
Adult Services The Montgomery County Public Library welcomes guest speakers on topics of community interest. The Library conducts library special programs, and hosts a book discussion club. Be sure to call or come by the Library to find out about upcoming events.
Children's Department Reading is a great way for children to learn about the world around them, and explore their own personalities through stories. The Library conducts story times, arts and crafts, and the annually Vacation Reading Program for your child's enjoyment. Be sure to introduce your child to the world of knowledge and fun waiting for them at the Library.
PINES is an innitative to institute a statewide library card for Georgia. Over fourty public library systems, comprising over 200 libraries from across the state share access to their library holdings through an automated library catalog. Any georgian who is at least 18 years of age may receive a PINES card by providing proof of residence and a correct street address. Residents under the age of 18 need a parent or legal guardian present to apply for a llibrary card. The PINES database lists all items owned by participating libraries, and all PINES Library patrons may borrow material from any PINES Library.
- Materials that may be checked out from the Ohoopee Regional Library System include books and audiovisual materials such as cassettes, videocassettes, CD's and DVD's. The library has available, for public use at no charge, computer terminals with Internet access. Please see the library's policy on Internet use for more information.
- A current, in good standing, library card issued by a member library of the Ohoopee Regional Library System, or by any member library of the Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) must be presented in order to check out any circulating materials or use the Internet.
- All materials located in the Ladson Genealogical Library are for in-house reference and research use only. There are no circulating items; materials are not available for Interlibrary Loan. The staff of the library will assist patrons, in-house, in using the materials in the collection, but will not do research. A copy machine is available and copies are $.25 per page. Requests by mail for information will be honored to the extent that they involve no research other than verifying library holdings and/or the contents of particular works; mail requests should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Requests for copies by mail must specify what work and area and involve no research. There is a prepaid $5.00 minimum copy and mail charge. The charge for copies from microfilm is an additional $1.00 per citation.
- Library cards issued by the Ohoopee Regional Library System are valid at all of our branches, as well as any library participating in Georgia Library PINES. Library cards are issued for a term of two years, but can be renewed. Items may be returned to any library in the Ohoopee Regional Library System, or to any library in Georgia Library PINES. All libraries in the Ohoopee Regional Library System have outside book returns open and available each day, 24 hours, for return of materials at your convenience. The library asks that audiovisual media such as audiotapes and/or videotapes not be placed in a bookdrop.
- The Ohoopee Regional Library System is a member of the Georgia Library PINES; therefore, any resident of the state of Georgia is eligible to receive a library card at no cost. Be sure to bring valid identification to verify residency.
- Proper ID is required to register for a library card. Proper ID includes the same options as voter registration identification and should include a picture ID, such as a driver's license or similar identification card. It can also include checks with pre-printed addresses, a utility bill, tax receipt, or other piece of current mail that shows the name and current address. We ask that residents give a street or residence address as well as a mailing address. The residence address should be a street, road or highway name and house number or house identification, not just a rural route and box number or post office box number. If the picture identification does not have a current address, or a street address, additional identification with a current street address will be required. Persons with no picture identification must have at least 2 (two) forms of identification with appropriate name and address information.
- Residents of the state of Georgia, who are aged 17 1/2 or older and U.S. citizens, may register to vote at any library location.
- Out-of-state residents, (persons whose permanent address is outside of the state of Georgia), may receive a library card at a cost of $25.00 per year. Part-time, temporary residents, persons working in the area for a limited period of time, or long-term visitors may receive a pro-rated card ($12.50 for six months).
- Out-of-state residents who own property in the state of Georgia, who are employed full-time within the state of Georgia, or who attend school full-time within the state of Georgia, are eligible for a resident card with no charge. Proof of ownership, (such as a tax receipt or deed), proof of employment or proof of enrollment will be required.
- Children under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian, with a valid ID, present to sign the application form. Please see the library's policy on Service to Minor Children for more information. Parent or guardian is responsible for all fines and fees accrued by a minor child.
- Lost cards can be replaced for a fee of $2.00.
- Outreach service is available for Toombs, Tattnall, and Montgomery counties. Deposit collections may be requested for communities and developments, businesses, schools and daycare centers, adult care facilities, retirement homes and deliveries will be made as necessary for the handicapped and/or homebound patron. Those persons, organizations, or businesses who wish outreach service are asked to get in contact with the Assistant Director for more information and assistance.
- Circulation times and check-out limits, as set up by the Ohoopee Regional Library System, Board of Trustees, and the member libraries of the Georgia Library PINES are:
- General books, paperbacks and audio cassettes 14 days; may be renewed twice
- Inter Library Loan 28 days; Time includes "in transit" to and from lending library. Actual check-out time may vary. May NOT be renewed.
- Best sellers 7 days; may NOT be renewed
- Videocassettes 7 days; may NOT be renewed
- New videocassettes 3 days; may NOT be renewed
- Other fines and fees, as set up by the Ohoopee Regional Library System, Board of Trustees, and the member libraries of the Georgia Library PINES are:
- Fines for overdue books and audiocassettes -- $.10 per day
- Fines for overdue Interlibrary loan materials -- $.50 per day
- Fines for overdue videocassettes -- $.50 per day; $.50 if returned in the bookdrop
- Fines for reserves or materials in high demand -- $.50 per day
- There is a one-day grace period, however, on the second day, fines will be accrued from date due.
- Failure to receive an overdue notice does not remove the patron's obligation to return borrowed items and failure to pay fines and fees can seriously affect the patron's credit rating. The library refers delinquent accounts to a collection agency and if necessary takes legal action involving a criminal complaint. All fees associated with the collection of delinquent accounts and nonreturned items will be assessed to the patron's account. Under Georgia Code (OCGA Annotated Rev. 1985 20-5-53) failure to return items borrowed from a public library is considered a misdemeanor.
- There are 265 libraries in 127 counties currently participating in the Georgia Library PINES. Click HERE to view a map of PARTICIPATING PINES LIBRARIES.
- For more information on the Georgia Library PINES project, or for information and news concerning public libraries in Georgia, contact Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Computers are available for searching the library catalog, exploring the Internet, and word processing. Patrons need to bring their library card in order to use the computers. Patrons under the age of 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present to use the Internet. The Library's Internet Policy is shown here at the links under this menu heading. Our Library has broadband DSL service. Wireless Internet access is also available at the Montgomery County Public Library. Contact the Library at 912-583-2780 for more info on wireless Internet. A current, in good standing library card issued by a member library of the Ohoopee Regional Library System, or by a member library of the Georgia Library Pines, must be presented in order to check out any circulating materials or the Internet.
Galileo is an Internet based collection of databases that provide access to popular and scholarly periodicals on almost every topic. This resource also incorporates Georgia specific information from unique and respected websites. Ask a member of the Library staff how to access the abundance of information available through Galileo from home.
Our Library has a Civic Meeting Room. This Meeting Room is primarily for the Library's use in providing adult education programs, children's programs, and other Library related use. The Community may also use of the meeting room. Use of the Meeting Room can be scheduled at any time the Library is open or after hours provided the key is picked up before the library's scheduled closing time by the person (adults only), who takes the responsibility for the room. Use of the room on Sundays must be cleared with the Librarian. For AV use we have a permanently installed pulldown screen, large screen TV and VCR ready for meetings. Wireless Internet is also available in the meeting area. We also have a kitchen area as part of the meeting area. Meetings may use the kitchen, serve light refreshments, etc., but no smoking or tobacco products. Children's or teenager's meetings must be supervised by responsible adults at all times. To reserve the library Meeting Room, the person in charge of the meeting, must pay the Branch manager of the library a deposit of $20.00 to be returned when the key is returned. The room must be kept clean.
Contact the Montgomery County Library at 912-583-2780 for Meeting Room Information.
We have five Recycle Centers located throughout the County for your Convenience. There is no Charge for taking your Trash, but you must take your Trash to your local Recycle Center. We do not pick it up.
Recycle Center Locations:
McGregger Audie West and Rufus Richardson 1445 Earth Saver Drive Highway 280 912 583 2111
Alston Jim Mock and William Cross 3999 Mt. Vernon Alston Road 912 594 6193 Hours of operation are located on the Gates
TarryTown Peggy McCall, and Wendell Moxley 4500 Bear Creek Road 912 529 6613
Kibbee H.L Walker and Betty Button 385 Thompson Pond Road 912 538 8427
Uvalda Thad Willamson, and Archie Graham 1311 Highway 221 912 594 8003
Contacts: Glenn Garrett - 912 583 2326 Hours of operation 7:00am to 3:30pm
MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECYCLING CENTERS
2016 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
New Years Day
Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
CLOSE at 4:00 pm
Daylight Savings Time Standard Time
Mon Fri 2:00 pm 7:00 pm Mon Fri 1:00 pm 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am 7:00 pm Sat 9:00 am 6:00 pm
- Electrical Materials
- Plumbing Materials
- Concrete, including Blocks
Milton Fountain is Superintendent of Roads
The Road Department is dedicated to providing quality road access to the citizens of the county. The Road Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all county owned roads. The Road Department maintains three road graders, back hoes, several mowers, service vehicles, and some other related construction equipment. The Road Department has a service facility (field shop) equipped for light routine vehicle maintenance.
Sometimes the sewer pipes under the county roads stop up with debris. Especially in low lying areas. Some of these pipes stop up to the point that they can't be cleaned out. In such cases these pipes have to be replaced.
Stopped up Sewer Pipe During sewer pipe replacement, a road may have to be temporarily closed so a back hoe can dig out the pipes for replacement. In such cases, a temporary road detour will be worked out by the road department. Sewer pipes in various standard sizes are available for purchase from the county for personal use for your property entrance. A list of sizes available is shown on another page of this web site. Call Brandon Braddy (County Manager) at 912-583-2363 for Prices.
Our county maintains 204 miles of dirt roads. Most of these roads are very old and require constant maintenance. A regular schedule of dirt road maintenance is carried out each month. This maintenance includes road scraping, ditch clearing, summer time mowing, etc. County roads are scraped once or twice each month depending on existing road conditions and weather. This continuous road scraping, (maintenance), puts approximately 225 to 325 hours on the road graders each month, depending on weather and road conditions.
As part of county road maintenance, Milton's road department personnel have a wide range of responsibilities including mowing all county road right-of-way. In the summer when trees and bushes grow fast, the mowing is continuous, starting at one end of the county and going to the other end, then starting over again.
Sewer Pipe is available for purchase from the county for your individual property entrance. Call for prices. Safety ends are extra. Bands are same price as pipe is per foot.
Contact: Brandon Braddy (County Manager) Montgomery County Board of Commissioners 310 West Broad PO Box 295 Mount Vernon, Georgia 30445 Phone: 912-583-2363
Galvanized sewer pipe sizes are as follows: 18 X 24 18 X 30 24 X 24 24 X 30 Bands = Same price as pipe is per foot
Plastic sewer pipe sizes are as follows: 18 X 24 18 X 30 24 X 24 24 X 30 Bands = Same price as pipe is per foot
New paving projects are carried out as DOT road grant money becomes available, and local county budgets allow. Some of these new paving projects are large in scope, requiring considerable planning. This can sometimes take months or even years to complete a single road paving project. With new budget cutbacks at the state level, fewer road paving projects will be given state grant money in the future.
In April 2009, Montgomery County purchased an excavator and a flatbed trailer with loading ramps to haul it to various road job sites in the county. This will enable the county to handle larger road projects, including large culverts, without having to rent equipment or subcontract out the work. The county has qualified personnel that can operate this type of equipment. The monetary savings gained by renting an excavator for the Southland Drive road paving project made it very apparent that owning this type of heavy construction equipment was a necessity. Over $20,000.00 of county money was saved by handling the project with county personnel and rented equipment. The money savings gained by owning an excavator are tremendous. As road problems arise some are huge. Large culverts have to be installed, and sometimes complete washouts occur. The county backhoe is too small for some of these bigger problem jobs. This became very clear with the installation of the four large culverts on Southland Drive. These pipes were five feet in diameter. That's much too large for the county backhoe to handle. In addition to the monetary savings, these large repairs can be handled faster and more efficiently with this type of heavy equipment. The new county excavator was already being used during it's first week in the county. Look for the excavator working on a county road near you.
For almost 20 years, Tat Fennell has been the director of the Montgomery County Senior Center. Contact Tat at 912-583-4895. She can provide you with specific information about the meal program and other activities at the center. The Montgomery County Senior Center has been in existance for almost 20 years. A Plack on the wall inside the center shows the original founders and the center's beginning date. Their vision will live on in the hearts and daily lives of the Seniors that the center helps. Image Senior Center is all about promoting healthy, independent lifestyles for mature adults. Come Grow with us, the Senior Center is creating a brighter future for all of us! Together we are growing in companionship and warmth, by maintaining healthy lifestyles, and by sharing recreational and educational activities. The Senior Center is located in Mt Vernon just a few blocks from the courthouse square.
Montgomery County Senior Center 391 Morrison Street Mt. Vernon, Georgia 30445 Phone: 912-583-4895
Who can participate at our Senior Center? If you are at least 60 years old, you and your spouse (regardless of age) are invited to participate in activities at the senior center. If you are at least 60 years old, you are eligible for meals at the senior center with a small requested minimum donation. Why would you want to eat alone when you can join us for lunch, meet new friends, renew old acquaintances, and eat a delicious satisfying meal all at the same time. If you are unable to leave your home, call our senior center director Tat Fennell at 912 583 4895 to see if you qualify for home delivered meals. Once your eligibility has been checked, and you qualify, you will begin receiving Meals at Home. A small donation is requested.
What does it Cost? The meal program is made possible through the combined contributions from you, your community, and grant funds administered through the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Area Agency on Aging. Individual donations are an important part of the total funding responsible for bringing services to Montgomery County. Your Donations and Contributions to this effort make this program work for you, your neighborhood, and the entire Montgomery County Area.
Our Meal Menu The menus of our meals are posted at the Senior Center. The meals are prepared to be Heart Healthy. There are special meals with low sugar and salt available if prescribed by your doctor.
If you need transportation we are here to help. Call us and we will schedule to pick you up. We will take you shopping, help you with visits to the doctor, carry you to get your medicine, or help with your transportation needs to just about anywhere within 35 miles. There is a minimum charge for this transportation service. Call for information on rates. Depending on what trips are already scheduled for a certain day, you should call for trip scheduling and trip availabilities. This is a limited service, with limited transportation facilities. Montgomery County Transit is based in the Montgomery County Senior Center at 391 Morrison Street in Mt Vernon. Center hours for the transportation service are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Contact Jackie Sharpe or Betty Watson at 912 583 2163.
The Government provides no extra money to our Montgomery County Senior Center in the yearly budget, for any extra activities at the center. In order for the center to have a little money for extras such as coffee, munchies, special breakfasts etc., for our seniors, we manufacture old fashioned handmade quilts. These quilts are made from the finest materials available, with great care. All quilts are lined and measure 90 inches by 108 inches. These quilts are the kind your grandmother had, and will last for many years. In fact they would make a great heirloom for the family. The money for materials to manufacture these quilts comes from money made from the sale of these quilts. These very special handmade quilts are on sale at the Senior Center. Call for Quilt pricing.
The Montgomery County Senior Center Mission is to encourage and motivate the elderly in our community to remain an active and vital part of their family and community and where possible, to increase their dignity and independence by providing the opportunities for their involvement in services through the Senior Center. The Montgomery County Senior Center provides a pleasant group setting for senior citizens 60 years or older. At the Senior Center we serve a well balanced meal that consists of at least one-third the recommended daily nutritional requirements. The Montgomery County senior center provides nutritional education to help participants understand the importance of diet in health and disease. The Senior Center also helps prepare grocery lists, helps with shopping assistance, helps seniors to understand labels on new items, helps with food safety, health screening, and provides health and welfare counseling.
Another very important service the senior Center provides is to encourage and help the hard to reach older persons gain access to needed services. The Montgomery County Senior Center provides a fun place to go. Our Center is a place where you can meet your friends and learn to do crafts, sing together, have devotion, play games, go on shopping trips together, go out to eat as a group, and participate many more activities. Most of all your Senior center Director Tat Fennell cares about your welfare and will check on you each day if you are scheduled to attend and don't, or just check on you if you aren't feeling well. The Montgomery County Senior Center is a place to enjoy and feel secure because we do care about you.