Below you will find a series of answers to many frequently asked questions about the services and programs offered at Cobb & Douglas Public Health. If you are not able to find an answer to the questions you have within this page, please feel free to contact us for additional help.

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) a statewide initiative that offers eligible families, throughout the state of Georgia, access to early intervention services for children (ages birth to three) who may be at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.

To be eligible for the BCW Program, the child must:

  • Be under the age of 36 months, and
  • Have a diagnosed medical condition the will result in a developmental delay, or
  • Show significant delays in development such as talking or walking.
  • If you are concerned about a child’s development, please contact the Children 1st entry line at 770-514-2759, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Early Intervention services may include developmental screenings to determine the child’s delay, evaluations to determine eligibility and assessments to determine the scope of services needed. To learn more about early intervention services provided by the BCW program, please click here.

Babies Can’t Wait or Children 1st staff will provide your child with a developmental screening at no cost. Developmental screening are conducted using a tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). If the screening shows delays, the child will be referred to BCW for further testing.

Children can be in the BCW program until the day before his/her third birthday. As your child approaches his/her third birthday, a BCW coordinator will work with you and your family to determine the next steps in your child’s development.

BCW services are provided in a child’s home, daycare or any other natural environment.

Prior to enrolling in the Babies Can’t Wait program, a financial form is completed to determine costs of services/participation, if any. If a family has insurance, services provided may be billed to the insurance (or Medicaid). If there is no insurance, the family pays for services using a sliding fee scale based on the number of people in the family and the total income. Cobb & Douglas Public Health accepts these commercial insurance providers.

To refer or enroll your child in the Babies Can’t Wait program call 770-514-2759, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Return to Top

The BreasTEST & More program is a health initiative that offers breast and cervical cancer screenings, follow-up exams, and referral services to low-income women between the ages of 50-64 with no insurance.

Qualifying women may be eligible to receive breast exams and pap smears at no cost.  We are also able to provide referrals for no-cost mammograms.

To qualify for the BreasTest & More program, a woman must:

  • Be a Georgia resident
  • Be low- income, according to the federal poverty level (200% of the poverty level or below)
  • Not have Medicaid or Medicare or any insurance that covers mammograms
  • Be between the ages of 50-64

NOTE: Younger women may qualify for the program as funding allows.

The target age group for no-cost mammogram referrals is 50-64. Dependent on funding, other age groups may be accepted.

If you have cancer, we will assist you in completing the application for Women’s Health Medicaid. Women’s Health Medicaid offers women access to Breast and Cervical Cancer treatment through Medicaid as well as a variety of other services. Our BreasTest & More staff members will also refer you to a Breast or Cervical Cancer Specialist who will be able to care for your needs.

Return to Top

Children 1st collaborates with local hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other agencies to identify children who are at-risk for poor health and developmental outcomes.

Is my child eligible for Children 1st?

  • Be under the age of 5 years,
  • Be identified to be at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes
  • If you are concerned about a child’s development, please contact the Children 1st Intake line at 770-514-2759, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Your child can receive an initial developmental screening and assessment thru the Children 1st program. These services will be provided by a Children 1st nurse at no cost to you.

Your child can remain in the Children 1st program up to age five and enters school.   Children 1st will be available to you during this time for any developmental concerns that may arise.

Children 1st provides all services (i.e., screenings and assessments) in the home of the child. If necessary, clinic visits can be arranged.