Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Union County DWI Treatment Court was founded in 2010. Focusing on repeat driving while impaired offenders (Level A1, Level 1 and Level 2), the goal of DWI Treatment Court is to protect public safety by using the proven Drug Court model. A cooperative approach between all criminal justice stakeholders (judge, prosecutor, defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation, and treatment), is used to change offender’s behavior, addressing alcoholism and substance abuse as the root cause of impaired driving.
DWI Treatment Court is an accountability court. The program holds the convicted offender accountable for decisions made before the arrest – to drink and drive, and for decisions made after the arrest – to comply with the court order. Utilizing increased supervision, frequent alcohol and substance screening, mandated long term treatment, and providing ongoing case management, studies have shown successful DWI Court participants have a significantly decreased recidivism rate, which increases public safety.
By requiring bi-weekly court appearances and at least weekly meetings with the program coordinator, participants’ progress can be monitored closely. Frequent court appearances provide an avenue for rapid response to undesirable behaviors or actions and allow for repeated encouragement of improvement and advancement.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
· Convicted of Level A1, 1 or 2 driving while impaired
· Citizen of Union County
· No convictions of violent felony offense
· No convictions of trafficking or the sale of controlled substances
· No substantial mental health problems that prohibit productive participation
The Union County Drug Treatment Court Foundation (a 501(c)3 organization) was founded in 2011 to provide assistance and support to Union County DWI Treatment Court. The mission of the Foundation is to support to the activities of the Union County DWI Treatment Court through public and private partnerships in providing the necessary resources, including education and public awareness.
Current board members are citizens of Union County who volunteer to serve because they believe in the Drug Court model and agree that DWI Treatment Court can promote and encourage responsibility, accountability and personal growth in the lives of program participants.
Sabrina Harrison, Program Coordinator
Union County Judicial Center
400 N. Main Street
4th Floor, District Court Judges' Office
PO Box 305
Monroe, NC 28111
Union County Drug Treatment Courts Foundation
PO Box 342
Monroe, NC 28111