Child Health and Disability Prevention
What Does CHDP Offer?
The CHDP program helps to prevent or find health problems through regular, no cost, health check - ups. A check – up includes:
- Health and developmental history
- Physical exam
- Needed shots
- Oral health screening and routine referral to a dentist starting by age 1
- Nutrition screening
- Behavioral health screening
- Vision screening
- Hearing screening
- Health information
- Lab test for anemia, lead, tuberculosis and other problems, as needed
- Referral to Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program for children up to age 5
Why Get Health Check - Ups?
Health check – ups are important for all children and youth. Health check – ups are a time to:
- Find and address medical, dental and mental/behavioral health problems
- Get needed shots
- Ask your doctor questions
Health check –ups can also be used for foster care, sports, camp or school entry, as needed.
Who Is Eligible?
Children and youth age 20 and younger who are eligible for Medi – Cal. Children and youth age 18 and younger with family income less than or equal to 266% Federal Income Guidelines are also eligible.
Babies and Toddlers – Birth Through 3 Years
Regular check – ups can keep your baby happy and healthy. You can find out about your baby’s growth, weight, and health, and needed shots are given. At 1 year and 2 years, your baby should be tested for lead. A test for anemia is also given. Your child should see a dentist at least once a year starting by age 1.
School Children 4 through 12 Years
It is important to make sure your child is healthy and ready for school. State laws require children to be up to date on their shots and get a health check – up. School children will also get vision and hearing screenings. If your child has not had a lead test before, he/she should have one by age 6 or before. Your child should see a dentist at least once a year.
Teens and Young Adults 13 through 20 Years
Teens need health check – ups too! This is a chance to make sure your teen is growing and developing well. It is also a time for you or your teen to ask the doctor any questions. Extra health check – ups can be given for sports and camp physicals. Your child should see a dentist at least once a year.
For more information about CHDP help setting up an appointment, contact your local CHDP office.
You can find your local CHDP office by visiting the California Department of Health Care Services website at: www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/chdp