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Information for Providers

Comprehensive Perinatal Services

The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) is a Medi-Cal program that provides a model of comprehensive services for eligible low-income pregnant and parenting women. Basic to the CPSP model is 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.

The goals of CPSP are to:

  • Decrease the incidence of low birthweight births
  • Improve the outcome of every pregnancy
  • Give every baby a healthy start in life
  • Eliminate health disparities among racial/ethnic, gender, economic, and religious groups

CPSP Services

CPSP services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners and include:

  • Client orientation to comprehensive perinatal services
  • Initial assessment, trimester reassessments, post-partum assessment, interventions and follow-up services in:
    • Obstetrics
    • Nutrition
    • Health Education
    • Psychosocial Services
  • Individual Case Coordination
  • Prenatal Vitamin/Mineral Supplements
  • Referrals to Related Services

Becoming a CPSP Provider

Why become a CPSP provider?

  • Fee-for-service Medi-Cal reimbursement for patients enrolled in Contra Costa Health Plan
  • Ongoing consultation and technical assistance from CPSP specialists in nutrition, health education, and psychosocial consultation
  • Consistent "Best Practices" & "Practice-Informed" training, webinars & information on perinatal care for staff
  • Free copy of the CPSP Provider Handbook and Steps to Take Guidelines

Who can become a CPSP provider?

Any of the following can be a CPSP provider, as long as they have an active Medi-Cal provider number and are in good standing with their licensure board:

  • Physician (obstetrician/gynecologist, family practitioner, general practitioner, or pediatrician)
  • Medical Group (any of whose members is one of the above physicians)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner (family or pediatric)
  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
  • Clinic (hospital, community, county)
  • Alternative Birth Center

Who can deliver CPSP services?

The CPSP provider may employ or contract with any of the following practitioners to deliver services appropriate to their skill level:

  • Physicians
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Physician's Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage, Family and Child Counselors
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Health Educators
  • Certified Childbirth Educators (ASPO/Lamaze, Bradley, ICEA)
  • Comprehensive Perinatal Health Workers (CPHW)

See our list of current CPSP Providers.

Models of CPSP Service Delivery

  • Approved CPSP providers can be found in solo practice, group practice, health departments, hospitals, community clinics, managed care plans and residency programs.
  • In most cases, the entire CPSP program is offered at a single location. In other cases, obstetrical services are provided in the provider's office with other services provided elsewhere, under subcontract or by a second CPSP provider.
  • Flexibility of program design and implementation allows for the use of a wide range of professional and paraprofessional personnel.

All Medi-Cal pregnant women who are enrolled in a Medi-Cal managed care plan are entitled to receive CPSP services. Reimbursement under managed care depends on the contractual agreement between the provider and health plan or Independent Practice Association (IPA).

CPSP Application Process

  • Contact the Contra Costa County CPSP Coordinator or download an application.
  • The completed application will be reviewed by the local CPSP coordinator and submitted to the State Department of Health Services for final certification.
  • The application approval process may take up to 60 days from the date the Coordinator receives a completed application.

CPSP Forms & Protocols


Contact CPSP

CPSP Administration
597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-6708 fax

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