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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034
Resources for CPSP Providers
  • General CPSP Resources:

  • California Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs or (916) 650-0300
  • State CPSP Program
  • CPSP Provider Handbook
  • Steps to Take Guidelines
  • Steps to Take Reproducible Handout
  • CPSP Manual(s) Order Form


  • Medi-Cal: The California Medi-Cal website provides updated information affecting providers and patients. To access online or in-person training about billing, visit the Medi-Cal Outreach & Education page. For questions about billing, contact the Telephone Service Center (TSC) at 1-800-541-5555.
  • Presumptive Eligibility (PE): A Medi-Cal program designed to provide immediate, temporary coverage for prenatal care to low-income pregnant women pending a formal Medi-Cal application. For more information, contact Cynthia Cannon, Analyst at or by calling (800) 824-0088 or (916) 552-9499.
  • Report Medi-Cal fraud: You can report Medi-Cal fraud anonymously by completing an online form or by calling 1-800-822-6222.
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    Health Education:

  • Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides information about the risks of alcohol use before and during pregnancy. Information is also available in Spanish.
  • California Prenatal Screening Program: provides pregnant women with a risk assessment for birth defects through one or two blood tests. Their website contains patient information in multiple languages.
  • CDC FREE pregnancy education materials
  • CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line: Provides free information about potentially harmful exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Trained specialists provide counseling about medications (OTC and prescription), alcohol/recreational drugs, immunizations, diseases, chemicals, and more. Providers and patients can download bilingual fact sheets or call a specialist at (800) 532-3749.
  • Dental Benefits for Pregnant Women in Medi-Cal: MCH Access provides information for providers and patients about the importance of oral health during pregnancy and early childhood.
  • Group B Strep: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections in newborns, but it can be prevented.
  • HIV/AIDS: Transmission of HIV from mother to child can happen during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. Information about HIV testing and prevention is available for providers and patients.
  • Perinatal HIV: If a client is HIV positive, do you know where to report and refer? Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Division of HIV and STD Programs to report cases of HIV and other STDs. Pregnant women with HIV must be referred to a Perinatal HIV Specialty Center to receive specialized care throughout their pregnancy.
  • Immunizations and Vaccines: The CDC has guidelines and fact sheets for the vaccines you need before, during, and after pregnancy. The CA Dept. of Public Health website also has Immunization Pregnancy Resources in English and Spanish.
  • Influenza: Flu shots will protect pregnant women, their unborn babies and even protect the baby after birth. Information about the influenza vaccine during pregnancy is available for providers and patients.
  • March of Dimes: Find bilingual information and resources for patients, including the Comenzando Bien/Becoming a Mom Prenatal Curriculum. This service is offered to the general public, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, women planning their pregnancy, fathers, physicians, and other health care providers. The information and counseling is provided in a non-directive, and non-judgmental manner.
  • Tobacco and Substance Abuse: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed provider toolkits for addressing tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse during pregnancy and beyond.

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  • Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles: Dedicated to improving the health and well being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding. Education resources available for professionals and patients.
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC): Promotes, supports and protects exclusive breastfeeding. WIC clinics are breastfeeding friendly and staffed with trained breastfeeding counselors.
  • Women's Health Breastfeeding Information and Resources: Information and education for patients, also available in Spanish.

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  • Choose Health LAMoms: Free 3-month text message program to help new moms get back to a healthy weight; provides information on breastfeeding, walking and drinking water.
  • March of Dimes: Order pregnancy related education materials, including nutrition; discuss information on exercise, caffeine, cravings, and food to avoid or limit during pregnancy.
  • Folic Acid: Folic acid is a naturally occurring B vitamin that helps prevent serious birth defects. The CA Dept. of Public Health has resources and handouts for patients in English and Spanish.
  • Steps to Take BMI Intervention Chart is a quick guide for counseling women about healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
  • Choose My Plate: Contains up to date nutrition information and resources for all healthy individuals. There are specific resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers including daily meal patterns, weight gain recommendations, and tip sheets. Available in English and Spanish.
  • WIC: Provides many useful nutrition resources specifically for pregnant and post partum women and infants and children. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Dairy Council of California: Serves as the dairy industry’s contribution to community health, providing nutrition education programs and resources to improve eating habits.
  • California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, Sweet Success (CDAPP): Contains resources and information about gestational diabetes.
  • Nasco: Online store selling hands-on nutrition teaching aids and supplies.
  • Noodle Soup: Online store selling low-literacy, affordable materials to promote breastfeeding, perinatal education, postpartum care, immunization, nutrition and early childhood development.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: provides health and nutrition professionals with the most recent evidence-based nutrition recommendations.
  • California Dietetic Association: A membership association of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Dietetic Technicians Registered (DTRs), and nutrition students dedicated to healthy lifestyles through food decisions and the delivery of effective food and nutrition services by qualified dietetic professionals and association members.

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    Child Abuse Reporting and Consultation

  • Child Protection Hotline (Los Angeles County): 1-800-540-4000
  • National Child Abuse Registry (Outside of California): 1-800-422-4453

    Child Abuse Treatment & Prevention Resources
  • EMQ Families First: Comprehensive network of coordinated services designed to aid children, adolescents, and families at all levels of need.
  • Child Help: To meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children.
  • El Nido Family Centers: Provides youth counseling, teen parent education, child abuse & pregnancy prevention in Los Angeles County.
  • Children’s Institute International: Serves at-risk children, youth and families throughout Los Angeles County on several comprehensive campuses.

    Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Resources
  • LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH)
    o ACCESS Center 24/7 Helpline & Psychiatric Mobile Response Team: 1-800-854-7771
    o DMH Clinic Locator
  • Maternal Wellness Clinic at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center: A clinic dedicated to perinatal depression care for women. Call for appointment: 323-409-5751
  • Maternal Depression Fact Sheet
  • Exodus Recovery Centers: Provides psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment services, including evaluations, medications and medication management.
    o Westside Urgent Care Center
    3828 Delmas Terrace
    Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-253-9494

    o East Los Angeles Urgent Care Center
    1920 Marengo St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Phone: 323-276-6400
  • The MacArthur Initiative on Depression: Education for primary care providers on how to recognize and manage depression in patients at clinic sites. Depression tool kit includes instructions for use of the PHQ-9 depression screening tool.
  • MedEd PPD: Postpartum depression education and resources in English and Spanish. Providers can receive CMEs for completing online training courses about postpartum depression.
  • Medline Plus Health Information: Postpartum depression information in English and Spanish.
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) Support for women in any stage of pregnancy.
    o PSI Warmline offers support, education and local resources in English and Spanish: 1-800- 944-4773.
    o Postpartum Dads: Helps dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of postpartum depression.
  • Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force: Information on perinatal mood disorders, educational materials and resources.
  • Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center: 24/7 Crisis Helpline: 1-877-727-4747 (Toll free in LA and Orange Counties)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 Crisis Helpline: 1-800-784-2433

    Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence Resources
  • For immediate assistance call 911 or local police.
    o Los Angeles Police Department: 1-877-275-5273 (ASK LAPD)
    o Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. (For those not in LAPD services area).
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (Anywhere in U.S.)
  • Los Angeles Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-978-3600 (LA County)
  • Domestic Violence Shelters can assist with emergency shelter, outpatient counseling, and applications for VAWA and U Visas.
    o 211 LA County Info Line
    o 1736 Family Crisis Shelter: 310-379-3620
    o Su Casa ~ Ending Domestic Violence: 562-402-4888
    o Los Angeles LGBT Center: 323-860-5806
    o The Center for the Pacific Asian Family: 800-339-3940 (24/7 Hotline)
    o East LA Women’s Center: 323-526-5819
    o YWCA Wings: 626-967-0658 (24/7 Hotline)
  • Legal Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence
    o Legal Aid Foundation: Free legal services throughout LA County: 1-800-339-4529
    o Neighborhood Legal Services: Free legal services throughout LA County: 1-800-433-6251

    Resources for Teens
  • Break the Cycle: Empowering youth to end dating violence.
  • Love Is Respect: Blogs, education, awareness for preventing violence in teen relationships.
    o National Teen Dating Abuse 24/7 Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
  • Project NATEEN: Provides pregnant and parenting teens in Los Angeles County with a full spectrum of supportive services.

    Financial Support & Resources
  • Project Cuddle: Offers safe and legal alternatives to baby abandonment. Provides 24/7 hotline and services for women who are hiding their pregnancy and need help: 1-888-628-3353 (English) or 1-888-483-2323 (Spanish)

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    For more information, please call the Los Angeles County CPSP Program office at (213) 639-6419.

  • What's New in CPSP

    CPSP Provider Trainings

    LA County is now opening registration for our 2017 trainings!

    Once a month we will be having a training from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the California Endowment in Downtown Los Angeles (conveniently located located one block from Union Station via the Red or Gold Line).

    The training will include an overview of the CPSP program for new staff, as well as updates for staff who want to learn about LA County's new forms and current resources.

    The training and parking are free!

    Registration information for 2017 will be distributed per our CPSP provider email list.

    Zika Virus Update

    Zika is a mosquito-borne virus. In Brazil, the site of a large ongoing Zika outbreak, there has been a substantial increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly (small head circumference). Please click here for important information for obstetric providers and pregnant women. For a CPSP provider in-service training on Zika, please contact our office at (213) 639-6419.

    Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Pertussis is on the rise. We strongly recommend that CPSP providers offer/refer pregnant patients for Tdap during 3rd trimester to protect newborns from pertussis. Visit CPSP website or to learn more about what your office can do to prevent pertussis.

    Choose Health LA Moms

    Choose LA Moms is a free, internet-based six-month program to help moms get to a healthier weight after having a baby. It encourages new moms to drink more water, walk, and breastfeed. Resources and referrals are available for participants. Refer your patients to:

    Be Prepared For Your Quality Assurance Visit! 

    Use this quality assurance checklist to make sure everything is ready to go before your next QA visit.   

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