Department of Human Services

Joining Forces to Serve You Better

In February 2014, Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Department of Social Services, consolidated agencies and is now know as Richmond County Department of Human Services (DHHS). The consolidation of both agencies is an effort by the Board of County Commissioners to improve service delivery and efficiency for the citizens of Richmond County.
Our goal is to always remain patient, client, client and consumer centered in the delivery of our services. Our governing board and staff are very excited about the quality improvement initiatives and efforts to better serve you, the citizen.
The agency's shared vision is to promote a community and environment that is safe, healthy, and economical stable.

Tommy Jarrell, Director of Health and Human Services
Robby Hall, Director of Social Services



Here’s what to do
If There’s a Bat in my School!
Notify a teacher or other school official immediately.

• Bats are usually shy and gentle animals, and you cannot get rabies from
just seeing a bat or being in a room or hallway with one.

• A bat that is being handled might bite in self defense.
A bat that you can approach – one that cannot fly, is on the floor or clinging to
a wall – is much more likely than other bats to be sick or injured and might have rabies.

• Again: Never touch any wild animal.

• If you see a bat in your school, do not approach it or touch it. Don’t pet it,
catch it, comfort it, kick it aside or try to shoo it away. Stay back and call
an adult.

• If you are bitten or come in direct contact with a bat, don’t wait: Tell an
adult immediately and get medical attention. A doctor’s treatment after a
bite is simple and effective.

Remember: Bats are usually excellent neighbors that just want to be left alone. Most of them spend their nights eating huge amounts of moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other bugs that pester us in our backyards and damage crops that farmers grow. Other bats pollinate plants, just as bees and hummingbirds do, and scatter seeds that help forests grow.  Many people fear bats because they don’t know anything about them. And a lot of what people think they know about bats is just wrong: Bats are not blind, they aren’t flying mice and they certainly won’t get tangled in your hair. Bats are very handy to have around.
              Just don’t ever touch a bat.

Learn About Risk From Radon

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family

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