Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

What is the process?


Contact the office at (805) 781-5527 to discuss services provided by the County’s CLPP Program and make an appointment if needed

Services include:

  • Information and resources for lead poisoning prevention
  • Public health nurse case management and education services in English/Spanish
  • Environmental Health Specialist services for community outreach and home inspection to children with elevated blood lead levels
  • Community referrals and resources for lead screening
  • Community outreach at public events and health fairs

Who can use this service?

Testing is available for children, ages 0 to 21.

Where is lead found?

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Children are exposed to lead from different sources (such as paint, gasoline, solder, toys, ceramics and other consumer products) and through different pathways (such as air, food, water, dust, and soil).  Although there are several exposure sources, lead-based paint is the most widespread and dangerous high-dose source of lead exposure for young children.

Additional sources of lead include candy, jewelry, tableware, hobbies, plumbing, occupations, and home/folk remedies.

Who is at risk?

Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies also often put their hands and other objects into their mouths that can have lead on them from dust, soil or other sources. Exposure is also a concern for pregnant women because it can result in exposure to their developing baby. 

Is there a charge for this service?

Education and outreach on lead poisoning prevention is provided free of charge. For blood lead testing, you may be eligible for no or low cost services if you have Medi-CalMedicare or certain insurances. For all others, please see the lab fee page.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment at the locations listed on this page.

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