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Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health


MCAH Programs

Contact Information
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
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program Resources
General CPSP Resources
Health Education
  • Child Abuse Reporting and Consultation
  • Child Abuse Treatment & Prevention Resources
  • Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Resources
  • Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence Resources
  • Resources for Teens
  • Financial Support & Resources

    General CPSP Resources:

  • California Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs or (916) 650-0300
  • State CPSP Program
  • CPSP Provider Handbook
  • Steps to Take Guidelines
  • CPSP Manual(s) Order Form
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  • 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.
  • 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 send an email, 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. The (CDC) website has resources for providers and patients.
  • 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.
  • 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 in English and Spanish.
  • 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.
  • Safe Sleep for Baby: Safe Sleep for Baby promotes practices that can help prevent infant deaths. Providers can download bilingual information and resources for families.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Nutrition During Pregnancy Resource List This resource list includes educational videos and materials that providers can have available for prenatal patients.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: (formerly the American Dietetic Association) 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
  • Guide for reporting nonconsensual sex between minor and partner

    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 Gay and Lesbian 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
  • Benefits for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

    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.
  • Project ABC: Resources for pregnant and parenting teens

    Financial Support & Resources
  • Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services: Provides information about applying for assistance, including child care, job training, housing, health, and financial services.
  • 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
    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.               

    Want FREE Pregnancy Education Materials?

    Look no further! The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has free information for pregnant women covering topics like gestational diabetes, STDs, and folic acid. Check out their website to see what they offer.

    Perinatal HIV: Where to Report & Refer

    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.

    Introducing Perinatal Food Group Recall (PFGR)

    As of January 1, 2015, the LA County CPSP Program will replace the Perinatal Food Frequency Questionnaire (PFFQ) with the Perinatal Food Group Recall (PFGR). The PFGR asks questions about a client’s usual daily diet and allows the CPSP practitioner to document education and advice directly on the form itself. Please download and review the PFGR, the instructions, and MyPlate for Moms (English & Spanish). If you have any questions, please contact Thelma Hayes at 213-639-6423. .