Child and Teen Checkups Program

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)

Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. EPSDT is a federal program required in every state to provide quality well-child care for children eligible for Medicaid. It is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services with technical and clinical assistance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

EARLY - Assessing and identifying problems early
PERIODIC - Checking children's health at periodic, age-appropriate intervals
SCREENING - Providing physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to detect potential problems
DIAGNOSIS - Performing diagnostic tests to follow up when a risk is identified, and
TREATMENT - Control, correct or reduce health problems found

Newborns, children, and adolescents, through the age of 20 who are eligible for Medicaid should get routine Child and Teen Checkups. There are over 500,000 children eligible for C&TC in Minnesota.

Comprehensive and periodic screening, or well-child checkups are the foundation of the C&TC program. Periodic examinations or screenings are delivered according to the C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards, also known as the Periodicity Schedule. (This link includes both the new C&TC Schedule, effective October 1, 2017; and the current C&TC Schedule, effective through September 30, 2017.) This helps to assure that health problems are screened for, diagnosed, and treated early, before they become more complex and treatment becomes more costly.

An E-Learning module, "Introduction to the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) and the Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Programs," gives more background of the EPSDT and C&TC programs. The E-Learning training page links to this module and several others that discuss the required components of the Child and Teen Checkup screening.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers C&TC in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides health consultation and technical assistance to C&TC providers, C&TC Coordinators and the Department of Human Services. This includes clinical recommendations about best practices in well child care and training about the required screening components for providers, local public health, Head Start programs and others who provide screening for children.

Contact the C&TC Program