(North Carolina ABCD Project, 2006) This survey was designed to enable North Carolina staff who were conducting Quality Improvement trainings to gain an understanding of health care providers’ views on, and experience with, developmental screening and referral
(North Carolina ABCD Project, 2006) This document lists resources relevant to early childhood development service providers and policymakers.
North Carolina ABCD I Project. (2003). This resource outlines a stakeholder group’s work plan to measure and evaluate program goals, screening rates, and ongoing data tracking/trending. Strategies were designed to track improvements throughout the initiative.
(Neva Kaye, Jennifer May, Colleen Peck Reuland: NASHP) This State Health Policy Briefing, issued in 2009, is the third in a series examining the efforts of 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to improve identification of children with or at risk for developmental delay. This briefing examines these states efforts to gauge their success by measuring screening rates and other efforts.
(Marian Earls: Presentation at October 2012 NASHP Annual Conference) This presentation by Dr. Marian Earls provides a history of ABCD in North Carolina. The presentation details the start of ABCD in North Carolina with ABCD I in 2000 and how Community Care of North Carolina has sustained the work since Commonwealth funding for ABCD ended. The presentation also details results and successes achieved by the project, and offers lessons learned for other states.
Neva Kaye, Jennifer May, Melinda Abrams. (Portland, ME: National Academy for State Health Policy, December 2006) The work of the eight ABCD states has shown that state policies, especially Medicaid policies, can effectively promote improvements in the quality of preventive and developmental services provided to young children. This paper provides a starting point for states seeking to identify and implement policy improvements that support the healthy development of young children.
Iowa ABCD Project (2006). This report to Iowa Medicaid details findings and recommendations from ABCD pilot sites and the Medicaid Barriers workgroup in an effort to improve EPSDT services and add to the Medicaid Reform Child Health Plan.
(Neva Kaye, Jennifer May: January 2009) The success of the ABCD Initiative provides lessons for states and other entities wishing to improve the quality of health care while controlling costs and improving efficiency. Identifying and implementing key processes to improve state policies affecting screening in primary care are the focus of this brief. States Particpating in the ABCD Screening Academy changed state statutes, state regulations, contracts, provider manuals, Web sites, and other documents that define state policies designed to improve the delivery of child development services.
(Kay Johnson and Jill Rosenthal, April 2009) States can use primary care practice-based strategies, service provider linkage strategies, and systems change and cross-system strategies to improve linkages to services for young children. This paper uses a framework that illustrates the various roles that states can play to facilitate and support improved linkages: 1) maximizing the use of personnel; 2) undertaking quality improvement initiatives; 3) supporting data, information and technology; and 4) supporting individualized care plans and cross systems planning.
(Carrie Hanlon, Jill Rosenthal, NASHP/CMWF: June 2011) This report summarizes early findings from the current Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) learning collaborative of five states. Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon are testing models to strengthen linkages and care coordination between pediatric primary care providers and community-based providers of early intervention, mental health, public health, and early care and education services. The states’ early experiences piloting communication tools, facilitating data sharing, implementing quality improvement processes, and involving families are relevant for efforts to engage multi-sector stakeholders to improve state policy, primary care practice, and population health.