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Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) Fact Sheet

 MO-07-0006 CPSP


  • To decrease the incidence of low birth weight in infants. 
  • To improve the outcome of every pregnancy. 
  • To give every baby a healthy start in life. 
  • To lower health care costs by preventing catastrophic illness in infants and children.


  • Low-income women and their infants are at higher risk for problems related to pregnancy and delivery, including low birth weight.
  • Low birth weight infants have an increased risk of death and permanent disability. 
  • The care of low birth weight infants involves major costs to society.

Program Activities 

  • Medi-Cal-eligible women receive comprehensive services, including prenatal care, health education, nutrition services, and psychosocial support for up to 60 days after delivery of their infants.  Local health department staff offer technical assistance and consultation to potential and approved providers in the implementation of CPSP program standards.  The MCAH Program develops standards and policies; provides technical assistance and consultation to the local health perinatal services coordinators; and, maintains an ongoing program of training for all CPSP practitioners throughout the state.

Who Benefits

  • Medi-Cal-eligible women and their infants who receive the services of CPSP.  The Medi-Cal program and the population of California with healthy birth outcomes and lower short- and long-term health care costs.

Who Provides Services

  • Over 1,500 Medi-Cal providers are approved as CPSP providers, in both the fee-for-service and managed care systems. Providers include physicians, physician medical groups, community clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, alternative birth centers, certified nurse midwives, and certified pediatric or family nurse practitioners. Practitioners include physicians, nurse midwives, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, health educators, nutritionists, and comprehensive perinatal health workers.  County health departments assist local providers in meeting CPSP certification requirements and provide them technical assistance after the MCAH Program certifies them. To locate assistance in your area, please see our Perinatal Services Coordinators’ Directory.


  • Federal Title V MCH Block Grant Funds, Federal Title XIX (Medicaid) Funds, and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program administers CPSP.  For more information, please see the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.   
Last modified on: 9/13/2012 3:01 PM