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Lead screening

Lead poisoning is a serious health problem. Read on to learn about a covered benefit that helps protect you and your family from lead.

Product recalls

Be sure to check the current recalls on products with lead-based paint.

Lead screening is covered

Lead screening for your child is a service we cover at no cost to you. You can also earn rewards for lead screening. Read on to learn more.


Questions about your benefits? Just call Member Services at 1-855-232-3596 (TTY: 711). We’re here to help.

Protect your child with lead screening


Lead poisoning can be serious and cause side effects and health problems:


  • Behavior problems

  • Learning problems

  • Hearing problems

  • Hyperactivity

  • Anemia (not enough healthy red blood cells)

  • Slower growth and development

  • Seizures, coma and loss of life (with very high levels of lead)

Need help with screening or finding a provider? Just call Member Services at 1-888-232-3596 (TTY: 711).


Members in the Newark area: You can contact CityLife Health directly to make an appointment for lead screening. Just call 973-878-9020. They’re here for you Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. You can find them at:


CityLife Health

44 Jones Street

Newark, NJ 07103 

Every child should have lead screening: 


  • At 12 months old 

  • At 24 months old

  • As early as 3 months old and more often until age 6 for children at higher risk for lead exposure

  • Right away for children 3 to 6 years old who haven’t had screening yet


Do you think your child has been exposed to lead? Just talk with your child’s health care provider about the need for screening.

Pregnant women and children are at increased risk for lead exposure. 


Lead builds up in the body. Over time it gets stored in the bones. Pregnant women can pass lead to an unborn baby. 


The effects of some lead exposure for an adult may be small. But that same amount can have a large effect on a child. This is why young children and babies are at higher risk for lead poisoning. Are you pregnant or planning a family? Talk with your health care provider. And find out if you’re at risk for lead exposure.

If screening finds too much lead in your child’s blood, treatment can help. So can our Lead Case Management program. Our program nurse:


  • Helps arrange care with your child’s health care provider and your local health department

  • Helps schedule screening visits

  • Provides info and education about lead 

  • Offers tips to prevent lead exposure

  • Connects you and your family with community resources


Need to learn more? Just call us at 1-888-232-3596 (TTY: 711).

Keep your family safe with this lead checklist:


In your home


  • Talk with the property owner or local health department about testing your building for lead-based paint if you live in or visit a building built before 1978.

  • Renovate safely. Learn how to remove lead paint.

  • Clean floors and other surfaces regularly with a mop, sponge or vacuum. Use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner.

  • Keep your work clothes apart from your family’s clothes. Shower and change your clothes before coming home if you work in a place that can produce lead dust or dirt.

  • Take off your shoes before coming into the house.


Click here for information on sources of lead contamination 


On toys


  • Wash toys often.

  • Teach your kids to wash their hands with soap and water after playing and before eating.

  • Don’t buy toy metal jewelry. Painted toys and toy jewelry may contain lead.

  • Remove recalled toys from your home.


In food


  • Use cold water for drinking, making baby formula and cooking.

  • Make sure children eat a small healthy meal four to six times a day. 

  • Choose foods that have calcium, iron and vitamin C, like yogurt, green leafy vegetables and beans.
  • Avoid buying candy or spices from other countries. These may contain lead.


Healthy food to keep your child safe from lead


Need more info about lead screening? You can check with your health care provider. Or contact the Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness. Just call 1-800-734-7083.


Test your water


To find out about water testing for lead and arrange for a no-cost service line checkup, contact the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities:



The Department of Water & Sewer Utilities will let you know your water test results. Look for a notice in the mail within four to six weeks. 


You can pick up two cases of bottled water every two weeks if your water tests positive for lead and:


  • You’re pregnant 

  • You have a family with children under six years old


Read on to learn more about pickup appointments for water and supplies.


Pick up bottled water and supplies

You’ll need to call your preferred location to schedule a pickup time for:


  • Bottled water 

  • Water filters

  • Replacement cartridges


Scheduling pickup is part of the new COVID-19 precautions.


These locations offer appointments for pickup of water and supplies. The Department of Water & Sewer Utilities has PUR® water filters and replacement cartridges only.


The Newark WIC Program at the Department of Health and Community Wellness 

Address: 110 William Street

Call for a time slot: 973-733-7600

Times: Pickup time slots are on:


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

  • Thursday from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

  • The second and fourth Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 2 PM

PUR water filters and replacement cartridges: yes, available


Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center

Address: 300 Clinton Avenue

Call for a time slot: 973-757-7377

Times: Pickup time slots are on Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

PUR water filters and replacement cartridges: no, not available


Newark City Hall

Address: 920 Broad Street

Call for a time slot: 973-733-6370

Times: Pickup time slots are on Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

PUR water filters and replacement cartridges: yes, available


Department of Water & Sewer Utilities (water not available at this location)

Address: 239 Central Avenue

Call for a time slot: 973-733-6303

Times: Pickup time slots are on Monday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

PUR water filters and replacement cartridges: yes, available 


What to bring if you need filters or cartridges

If you visit one of our locations for filters or cartridges, please bring:


  • Your ID: a driver’s license or government ID

  • Proof of residency if you’re a tenant/renter: a lease agreement or utility or cable bill

  • Photos of your kitchen sink faucet so we can give you the right type of filter (if possible)


More info about bottled water


More info about water filters


Members in the Newark area: You can contact CityLife Health directly to make an appointment for lead screening. Just call 973-878-9020. They’re here for you Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. You can find them at:


CityLife Health

44 Jones Street

Newark, NJ 07103


To learn more about lead screening, just visit Healthcare Central in person at:

Healthcare Central 

48-A Jones St

Newark, NJ 07103


Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM. You can also reach us at 959-299-3102 (TTY: 711)



Just call us at 1-855-232-3596 (TTY: 711). We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit the State of New Jersey’s Department of Health website


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