New Look for a Healthy Lincoln County

Healthy people…Healthy Community

The Lincoln County Health Department is now open and ready to serve at its new location in the old hospital at 200 Gamble Drive, Lincolnton, NC.

Renovating the two-story building is just the beginning of the changes citizens will notice. Their health department is now 40,000 square feet of the latest community health programs and services. People can see health care professionals in 1 of 16 exam rooms. A separate waiting room for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program features 2 private lactation rooms for nursing mothers. The Health Department also has a laboratory, a large conference room, and a demonstration kitchen.

In addition to environmental health like restaurant, hotel, and school health inspections, the health department offers many clinical services for the public. Services include adult health, child health, chronic and infectious disease control, family planning and pregnancy care, and migrant/refugee health.

Adult Health

The Adult Health program provides comprehensive health exams, related laboratory testing, education, and referrals for both men and women over the age of eighteen who reside in Lincoln County

Child Health

Through this clinic, children/adolescents 21 years of age and younger who live in Lincoln County may receive well child preventive health exams, related laboratory testing, client-centered education, appropriate vaccinations, and referrals as needed

Migrant/Refugee Health

This program ensures the availability of essential health care services to migrant farm workers, their families, and any documented refugees who live in Lincoln County

Be Smart Family Planning

In order to promote wellness, planned pregnancies, and prevention of disease, the Family Planning clinic offers complete physical examinations including pap smears, breast exams, screening for STDs, limited laboratory testing, and various birth control methods. Pregnancy tests are also offered by appointment

Pregnancy Care Management (PCM)

Through this care management program, Medicaid eligible women are assisted in obtaining local resources to meet their needs during pregnancy and immediately following delivery

Chronic Disease Treatment

The Chronic Disease Management program provides treatment, education, referral and follow-up to clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol who reside in Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Health Department provides a wide variety of services to the community through programs like Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), Safe Kids, community health, a demonstration kitchen, vital records and—coming soon—Maternity Health. While Medicare and Medicaid are accepted, some services provided are based on ability to pay, free of charge, or on a sliding fee scale. Please call the Health Department at 704-735-3001 if you have questions about specific services, related fees, or to make an appointment.

Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that serves pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, infants and children to age five. WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious supplemental foods, breastfeeding information and education, and referrals for other health care services. WIC also offers breastfeeding resources and support and has an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor on staff

Safe Kids Lincoln County

Safe Kids Lincoln County focus areas include safety in and around cars, medication safety/poison prevention, and fire safety

Community Health

The community health division provides education and programming to improve the health of the community. Focus areas include: substance use and/or abuse, mental health, chronic disease, healthy lifestyles, and emergency preparedness. If you are interested in a health education program, please call (704) 735-3001

Vital Records

The Health Department’s registrar files registration of all Lincoln County births and deaths and ensures that the information is complete and accurate. Please call the Lincoln County Register of Deeds at 704-736-8530 for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate

For more information, see the Guide to Services, call 704-735-3001 (Español: 704-736-8686), and visit

Access to Enhanced Services – CTSHEALTH

CTSHEALTH (Carolina Therapeutic Services) is developing a more collaborative approach to the partnership they have with each County’s DSS team, and community leaders and organizations, to provide stable and effective services for the people we serve.

CTSHEALTH now offers the following enhanced services to assist those in need:

  • Medication management
  • B-3 Respite
  • Rapid Response Stabilization
  • Outpatient Treatment – psychological testing, screening/assessments, tele-therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Adoption

Please feel free to call 888-670-1477 (toll free) or 704-864-1477 to learn more about the CTSHEATH program and the services they provide.

Enrollee Navigator – Community Resources

Community programs are important places to find information and support before, during, and after you or a family member receives professional services. The following list provides information for programs about mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and child health.

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina


The mission of NAMI North Carolina is to provide support, education, advocacy, and public awareness so that all affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Arc North Carolina


The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Substance Use Disorder

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)


Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)


All the efforts of Narcotics Anonymous are inspired by the primary purpose of their groups. Upon this common ground, they stand committed. Every addict in the world has the chance to experience our message in his or her own language and culture and find the opportunity for a new way of life.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC)


The Autism Society of North Carolina is the leading resource in North Carolina for connecting people who live with autism, and those who care about them, with resources, support, advocacy, and information tailored to meet their unique needs.

Child Health

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)


ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Homelessness and Housing

Partners’ Housing Coordinators make sure people have options for clean, safe, and affordable housing. Our Housing Department can also arrange education on a variety of topics like the NC Fair Housing Law and How to Be a Good Landlord/Tenant.

If you are looking for a safe and affordable place to live, talk to your provider or call one of our Housing Coordinators listed below.

  • Burke and Catawba counties: 828-323-8084
  • Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: 704-884-2514
  • Iredell, Surry and Yadkin counties: 336-527-3257

Many other government and community organizations have valuable information about health care, mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit for links to these resources.

In the Community 

The 3rd Annual Burke Rally for Recovery Sponsorships

The Burke Substance Abuse Network still has sponsorships available at all levels. For sponsorship information, contact Kim James at 828-433-1221 or Make all checks payable to “Burke Recovery.” Burke Recovery is a 501(c)(3) organization; a receipt will be provided for all donations.

Free Over The Counter Medicine GiveAway!

NC MedAssist and Carolina Complete Health are hosting this free event on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Kings Mountain National Guard Armory, 200 Phifer Rd., Kings Mountain, NC. If you are over 18 years old, you will be able to take home over the counter medicine items, find out more about NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program, and take free health screenings. OTC Items Include cold, cough, and flu medicine, Band-Aids, pain relievers, allergy products, vitamins and children’s medicine, and much more while supplies last! For more information, visit

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

NAMI South Mountains, NC, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its free NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for the fall, from September 29, 2018 – November 24, 2018. It will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Carolinas Health Care System-Blue Ridge, Morganton, NC. For more information, or to register, contact Diane Krisanda at 828-771-6305  or

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

Intro to Child and Family Teams

Partners is offering this Cross-System Training from the Family’s Perspective on September 13-14, 2018, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Partners Behavioral Health Management, 901 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC. This is an experiential training that will reinforce the idea of “one family, one plan” by addressing Child and Family Teams through the lens of multiple systems as they affect families in their everyday lives. This is a two-day training. When you register, you are committing to attend both days. Please register online. For more information, contact Jeanne Patterson at 704-772-4310 or

Community Resiliency Model Training (CRM)

Partners is hosting CRM training on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Elkin Business Park (Partner’s Elkin Office), 200 Elkin Business Park Drive, Elkin, NC. The Community resiliency Model (CRM) is a biologically-based trauma intervention designed for community members who need information about trauma and coping skills but who have limited access to mental health resources. Participants will learn to stabilize the nervous system, reduce anxiety, anger and depression, assist in facing challenges, and create a renewed sense of hope for you and your family. The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) provides skills for self-care and to share with your community. It teaches you how to balance a nervous system impacted by personal or community level of trauma. Please register online. For more information, contact Stephanie Funderburk at 704-301-1281 or

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

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