Blood Lead Testing
Lead poisoning affects the brain
(thinking) abilities of children. It will affect their
ability to learn in school.
Testing for blood lead is required
for kids on Medicaid. It is recommended that testing be
- 12 months
- Again at 24 months.
- If not previously tested , by
the time a child enters pre-school or school.
Most areas in our tri-county area
(Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph counties) have shown "At
Risk" housing or other sources that promote lead
poisoning. All children who are determined to be at
risk by a screening questionnaire process should be
tested for blood lead.
Parents/caregivers are encouraged to have the blood
lead level checked at the appropriate intervals with
visits to their physician for well-child examinations.
Otherwise testing is available through our Agency by
special arrangement. Screening for eligibility and
appropriate testing is reviewed. Children may be
screened through our WIC Nutrition Program or through
Questions regarding testing can be answered at the
|| 517-279-9561 ext. 0132#
|| 517-437-7395 ext. 0321#
|| 269-273-2161 ext. 0207#
Community Health Agency also offers follow-up
services for children with elevated blood leads by
doing home assessments to determine sources of the
lead. We also have referral procedures for
children who need medical attention for their lead
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on lead poisoning visit the
website of the
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.