Kansas’ ABCD Screening Academy Project improved the delivery of EPSDT services for children and families by implementing structured developmental screening into selected demonstration sites, supporting providers in the adoption of structured screening through trainings and informational workshops, and building upon existing public and private partnerships.  Specifically, the ABCD Screening Academy activities in Kansas included:

  • Adopting the 30 month visit after it was announced an appropriate screening visit by Bright Futures and revising their EPSDT Training Manual to reflect these improvements.
  • Designing and preparing a training session on developmental screening as part of the online training module for EPSDT and other child and family service providers.  
  • Sustaining policy and provider level improvements by partnering with the Kansas University School of Medicine to promote the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) statewide through curriculum enhancements. 
  • Spreading these activities by obtaining grant funding to purchase ASQ tool kits for both the selected demonstration sites and for use in additional primary care offices.