Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)
Minnesota's: Early Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment program (EPSDT)
Continuing preventive care is important
The importance of well child preventive care has been established. The significant drop in well child preventive care visits that has occurred during the pandemic continues to impact children and youth. For information consult the following sources:
Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Program
The MDH Vaccine Preventable Diseases program provides information on Pediatric Immunization Gaps Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Women Infant and Children (WIC)
Minnesota WIC clinics are providing food benefits, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referral services. Call your WIC clinic to see when they are transitioning back to in-person services.
Current WIC guidance to primary health care providers regarding hemoglobin screening
- Refer to MDH's Minnesota WIC Services during COVID-19 (PDF) for more information and guidance. (pub. 2/2/21)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
To help providers promote and deliver well child health care refer to COVID-19 Interim Guidance for more information.
Minnesota's Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program
The Minnesota Department of Health is committed to creating and improving health throughout the state of Minnesota. Well-child health care and preventive screenings support the mission and goals of healthier Minnesotans. Health in early childhood can have a big impact on helping families to create their own healthy futures. (Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Facts about Child Development.) Regular checkups throughout adolescence help young people prepare to be more independent and proactive in caring for their own health by the time they are young adults.
EPSDT is a federal program required in every state to provide comprehensive health care and dental services for children under the age of 21 who are eligible for Medicaid. Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. Periodic examinations or screenings are delivered according to the C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards.
Regular checkups give families and health care providers an opportunity to monitor children's growth and development, screen for and identify potential concerns, and treat them to prevent bigger problems later on. Over 500,000 children are eligible for C&TC in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers C&TC in Minnesota.
- The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) provider manual, C&TC section has more information about program requirements, policy, billing and coding, and other provider information.
- The DHS C&TC web page has more information including the C&TC County and Tribe Coordinators list.
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.