Updated October 27, 2014
The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) was created in 1987 to reduce morbidity and mortality among low-income pregnant women and their infants in California. CPSP is a Medi-Cal program that provides a model of enhanced obstetric services for eligible low-income pregnant and post partum women. In addition to standard obstetric services, women receive comprehensive nutrition services, psychosocial support, health education, and case management from conception through 60 days postpartum.
The goals of the CPSP program are:
- 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 and chronic illness in infants and children
Who is eligible to be a CPSP provider?
A CPSP provider must be in good standing with state licensing and regulatory agencies, have a current Medi-Cal provider number, and be in one of the following categories:
- Physician in general practice, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics
- Group medical practice, if at least one member is one of the physician types identified above
- Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
- Clinic (hospital, community or county)
- Alternative Birth Center
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Providers must be certified as CPSP by the California Department of Public Health prior to billing for CPSP services.
Who can deliver CPSP services?
- Physicians (as listed above)
- Physician Assistants
- Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses , Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Registered Dieticians
- Social Workers
- Psychologists, Marriage Family & Child Therapists
- Health Educators
- Certified Child Birth Educators
- Comprehensive Perinatal Health Workers (CPHW)
How do I apply to become a CPSP Provider?
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CPSP provider, please contact CPSP Provider Relations at (408) 937-2250. All interested clinics/practitioners must apply through the County’s CPSP Provider Relations Nurse, who will be able to assist you with the CPSP application process.
For further information, please see the external links to the right of this page.