Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)


For more information phone 619-542-4053 or send us an email.

Purpose: The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) was created to reduce morbidity and mortality among low-income women and their infants in California through enhanced prenatal care. CPSP provides a wide range of services to pregnant women, from conception through 60 days postpartum. 

CPSP is part of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and is required by the following authorities: Health & Safety Code, Sections 104560-104569 and 123475-123525; California Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 14132(u) and 14134.5(a-j); and California Code of Regulations Title 22, Sections 51179-51179.0 and 51504.

Goals of the program

  • To decrease the incidence of low birthweight in infants
  • To improve the outcome of every pregnancy
  • To give every baby a healthy start in life
  • To lower health care costs by preventing catastrophic and chronic illness in infants and children


  • Client orientation to comprehensive perinatal services
  • Initial assessment, trimester reassessments, postpartum assessment, interventions, and follow-up services in:
    • obstetrics
    • nutrition
    • health education
    • psychosocial services
  • Individual case coordination
  • Referrals to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), genetic screening, dental care, family planning, domestic violence, and more.

CPSP services in California are paid for by Medi-Cal and free to pregnant women who are eligible for Medi-Cal. Ask your doctor about CPSP services or call the Perinatal Care Network at 1-800-675-2229 to find out if you’re eligible for Medi-Cal or need help in finding a doctor.

Interested in Becoming a CPSP Provider?

A physician, certified nurse midwife, certified family or pediatric nurse practitioner, hospital, community clinic, or medical group that provides prenatal care can apply to become a CPSP provider. CPSP providers must be approved Medi-Cal providers and have the NPI number registered with Medi-Cal.

The Perinatal Services Coordinator (PSC) can help with the application and certification process and provide ongoing support, technical assistance, and education for staff. Please call 619-542-4053 or send us an email.

Resources and Links

  • CPSP is part of the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program.  More information is available at
  • Every Woman California is a website that provides information about health considerations for women and their partners before they become pregnant for the first time or between pregnancies.  More information is available at
  • Preconception/Interconception Health Tool to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices that impact health and pregnancy outcomes. Call 619-542-4050 for samples.

For more information phone 619-542-4053 or send us an email.


Webpage last updated 08/03/2016.