Care Coordination Through Developmental Screening

211 LA County (211 LA) provides care coordination in our Developmental Screening and Care Coordination, a program for children birth to 5 years of age that uses Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS), PEDS Developmental Milestones (PEDS:DM) and the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). These are high quality, web-based tools employed over the telephone. PEDS is an evidence-based brief screening that elicits and addresses parents’ concerns to detect 70-80% of a wide range of developmental and behavioral issues in children.  The M-CHAT tests for Autism Spectrum Disorders against typically developing children.

To increase the number of low income children getting screened for developmental delays, 211 LA partnered with the Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative of Los Angeles County (includes 350 organizations across multiple sectors) dedicated to improving and expanding timely identification of and intervention for children with or at risk of delays, disabilities and other barriers of development. The partnership focused on callers to the Parent Helpline staffed by 211 LA information and referral specialists and funded by the First 5 LA Commission, created a unique and innovative approach to screen children using online evidence based screening tools to identify children birth to 5 years of age who need intervention services.

An astonishing discovery during pilot implementation has been the fact that the majority of children screened resulted from random offerings for the developmental screening to parents who were calling 211 LA for other basic needs. This trend supports the need for continuation and expansion of 211 LA phone screening for the hard to reach populations that are utilizing 211 on a regular basis.


211 LA County Presents at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

211 LA County was invited to present a poster on project data outcomes comparing our Developmental Screening and Care Coordination to twelve general pediatric clinics at six U.S. states at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C..

The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting is the largest international meeting focused on research in child health. The meeting brings together over 2,800 presentations on research that can be applied to actual clinical practice in pediatrics. This alliance also provides opportunity to discuss other critical issues that affect child health such as public policy and advocacy.

See a copy of the 211 LA County Poster on Project Data Outcomes.

See a copy of the 211 LA County Be Informed, Be Empowered Children’s Health Event

Additional Resources:

DSP_Outcome_Report-March 2013



LA_Partnership_for_Early_Childhood_Investment-March 2013


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