RX for Kids 


Reduce the need for children to be moved into out-of-home placements due to child abuse of substance abuse exposure.

What We Do

We provide unique and innovative Public Health child abuse intervention services. Working with Children and Family Services, our Public Health nurses work in all areas of child protection from investigation, court unit, drug court, family maintenance, family re-unification through emancipation. We provide medical care coordination and advocacy for children in Child Protective Services. We give children comprehensive in-home nursing assessments, substance exposure screenings, and developmental screenings. We use evidence-based, valid, and reliable screening tools. We also refer children to resources as needed. We conduct specialized in-home visits to children with complex health conditions. We educate biological and foster parents health to support the child’s optimal growth and development. 

Drug Endangered Child (DEC) Response

We are integral members of the Ventura County Drug Endangered Child (DEC) team. We respond with Children and Family Services social workers and law enforcement to:
  • Level one DEC: methamphetamine labs or marijuana growth and production or
  • Level two DEC: drug use and/or sales where children are present.
We assess and triage children’s medical care needs. We also assist in the decontamination process, gathering medical information on each involved child and provide medical follow up. Our protocols follow National DEC guidelines. 


For more information please contact:
Diane Emerick, RNC, PHN, MPH

Health Care Agency
5851 Thille Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
5851 Thille Street 
Ventura, CA 93003
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
HCA Human Resources
5851 Thille Street 
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036