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 “Although we are open to the public, you must make an appointment for birth certificate requests. If you come in without an appointment, you will be asked to leave your information with us. We will contact you when it’s ready for pickup. You can call in and give us your information or email us at

Event Plan Outline BLUE

Senior Screening will Resume when Senior Center Reopens

Below are links to various organizations within our community that work to provide assistance and support to our citizens.

Rush County Purdue Extension
Rush Memorial Hospital
Meridian Health Services
Center Stone Mental Health
MORE-Mentors of Rush County Empowering Youth
Rushville Drug Rehab
Rushville Recovery Centers
American Addiction Centers
Indiana Detox Centers
Sober Nation

Health Department

Russell Daugherty  M.D., Health Officer

The Rush County Health Department (RCHD) was established to promote and enforce public health laws and needs.

Primary responsibilities:

Vaccinations/Immunizations by appointment only.

  • Record vital records including births, deaths and legal name changes. “scroll down for link”

  • Investigate environmental concerns/complaints and oversees residential/commercial sewage disposal systems in the county.

  • Provide public health nursing, childhood immunizations and tracks  communicable diseases in the county.

Contact Information

Rush County Courthouse
101 East Second Street, Room 105
Rushville, Indiana 46173

Phone: 765-932-3103 or 765-932-2216
Fax: 765-938-2604

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM – 4 PM EST


Julie Apple – Administrator/Environmental Health Specialist

Alicia Hill, PT Nurse –
Dixie Meyer, Staff Nurse –
Sharon Brown, Vital Records –
Sherry McKinney, Clerical –
Debbie Johnson PT Health Aide
Environmental Health Specialist –

Health Board Meeting

Health Board meetings are open to the public on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January through November at 6 P.M. in Health Dept. office, Room 105 in the Rush County Courthouse. The Health Board welcomes civil discourse. If you attend and wish to speak, you will be required to sign in.

Board Minutes archive

April 21, 2021
March 16,2021
February 16, 2021
January 19, 2021
November 17, 2020
October 20, 2020
September 15, 2020
August 18, 2020
July 21, 2020
June 16, 2020
May 19, 2020
March, April No Meetings
February 18, 2020
January 21, 2020
November 19, 2019
October 15, 2019
September 17, 2019
August 20, 2019
July 17, 2019
June 18,2019
May 21, 2019
April 16, 2019
March 19, 2019


Flu and Pneumonia vaccines are available while quantity lasts.  Free will donations accepted.
Vaccinations/Immunizations by appointment only.

Immunization Clinic for Children


Vital Records

The RCHD Vital Records Division is responsible for recording all birth and deaths within Rush County and recording legal name changes.
Services provided for a fee: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Genealogy Research .  Birth and death records are available for anyone who was born or died in Rush County since 1882.

Senior Health Screenings

Senior Health Screenings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the Rush County Senior Center, 504 West 3rd St., Rushville, IN. Included are the following: blood pressure, pulse, respiration, hemoglobin, weight, and blood sugar. Health Education will be included during the screening program. Referrals for private physicians will be made when needed. This is available to all Rush County senior citizens at no cost.




Residential On Site Septic System Permit Process (download)

The following information is designed to guide you through the Residential On Site Septic System process for Rush County, Indiana. All guidelines are in accordance with those set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health and 410 IAC 6.8-3. You must contact the Rush County Health Department before you begin installing an On Site Septic System at (765) 932-2216.

Septic System Installers

Residential Septic System Application

For Commercial site installation, please contact the Environmental Health Specialist at (765) 932-2216, or (765) 932-3103, for further guidance.
On-site Septic System information available in both English and Spanish

Residents of Walker and Posey Townships in Western Rush County Regional Sewer and Water District

If you are a resident of Walker or Posey Townships, primarily in the towns of Arlington, Homer, or Manilla, you must contact the Western Rush County Regional Sewer and Water District and hook up to the municipal wastewater system, if available at your home site.

Please contact (765) 663-5871 to confirm the status of your property. The following information form (Western Rush County Regional Water and Sewer District) must be completed by residents of Walker and Posey Townships, before the application for an On-Site Septic System will be processed for Permit, by the Rush County Health Department.

Food Permits

“The Rush County Health Department issues Retail Food Establishment Permits  to Temporary Event Vendors, as well as all establishments that serve food to the general public. All vendors must contact the Environmental Health Specialist at(765) 932-3103. Please be advised that you must have a Certified Food Handler (410 IAC 7-22) on staff, or your application will not be approved. Please be prepared to present a copy of your certification to the Food Safety Inspector, when setting up for a Temporary Event in Rush County.”

Annual Food Permit

Temp Food permit application

Temporary Food Vendor information English and Spanish.

Farmers Market Vendor Information English and Spanish.

National Restaurant Association recommends the following websites:
For ServSafe Manager:
For ServSafe Food Handler: and

Additional Information

Rush County Ordinance No. 2011-9: Tattoo, Piercing, and Body Modification

Rush County Health rankings:

Indiana Indicators:

Indiana State Dept. of Health

Center for Disease Control

Rush County Purdue Extension

Rush Memorial Hospital

Rushville Recovery Centers

Rushville Drug Rehab

Meridian Health Services

Center Stone Mental Health

Emergency Preparedness videos for individuals utilizing American Sign Language: