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Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program - CPSP

cpsp-logoCPSP is a statewide program that provides enhanced reimbursement for a wide range of services to Medi-Cal eligible pregnant and postpartum women. The CPSP model was founded on the belief that pregnancy and birth outcomes improve when routine obstetric care (prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care) is integrated with specific nutrition, health education, and psychosocial services. CPSP was developed from OB Access, a successful perinatal demonstration project for low-income women that was conducted from 1979 to 1982 in 13 California counties. Comprehensive services were shown to reduce the low birth weight rate by one-third and to save approximately $2 in short-term NICU costs for every $1 spent. Because of these positive results, a statewide program to deliver these services was legislated in 1984.

comprehensive prenatal services program

What are the Goals of CPSP?

  • To decrease the incidence of low birthweight 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

What is included in CPSP Services?

Assessments, reassessments, treatment, interventions in:

  • Obstetrics and individual case coordination
  • Nutrition
  • Health education
  • Psychosocial services
  • Perinatal and parenting education and Vitamin/mineral supplements
  • Referrals to WIC, genetic screening, dental care, family planning and pediatric care.

Who Can Become a CPSP Provider?

Any physician, certified nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, hospital, community clinic, or medical group who provides prenatal care, has a valid Medi-Cal provider number, and is in good standing with state licensing and regulatory agencies. Provider participation requires a formal application process and certification by the State Department of Health Services. Once finalized at the local CPSP office, the application is forwarded to the California Dept. of Public Health for final approval. Only state-approved providers can bill for CPSP services. . All Medi-Cal managed health plans are required to ensure that their pregnant enrollees have access to the CPSP services. Therefore, all pregnant women eligible for Medi-Cal are eligible to receive CPSP services.

The local Perinatal Services Coordinator (PSC) provides guidance to assist providers with the certification process and provides technical assistance with program implementation to certified providers.

Resources and Links

  • CPSP is part of the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program. More information is available by clicking here.
  • Training Resources

CPSP Application

CPSP Application Updates, Instructions, and Handouts


Layne Casillas, BSN, RN, PHN
Perinatal Services Coordinator

Veronica Martinez, MSN, RN, PHN
MCAH Coordinator



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