ERIC Number: ED157624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
EPSDT: A How-to Guide for Head Start Programs.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
This guide to the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program is designed for use by health coordinators of Head Start programs. The guide defines the major components of the EPSDT program and outlines what a health coordinator should know and do to utilize the program for delivering services to Medicaid eligible children. The "Preparation" section focuses on getting ready for the school year, including contacting persons or agencies outside of Head Start. Sample letters to a state EPSDT coordinator and a screening provider are included. In subsequent sections, three major functions and activities which Head Start can perform in using EPSDT resources are identified. All three activities--outreach, arranging for screening and follow-up--are discussed in detail. Outreach informs all families eligible for Medicaid about EPSDT. Arranging for screening involves identifying screening providers, scheduling appointments and overcoming barriers which might prevent the family from receiving service. Follow-up ensures either that all health problems detected through screening receive continuing care until they are remedied, or that a pattern of continuing care is established. The appendix consists of a list of state EPSDT agencies and their addresses. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.