Montana’s ABCD Screening Academy project clarified reimbursement policy, selected and implemented use of a screening tool in selected demonstration sties, and built upon private/public partnerships to promote structured screening in primary care.  The ABCD Screening Academy activities in Montana included:

  • Engaging state policy makers in an effort to clarify and/or improve reimbursement policies for developmental screening.
  • Reaching out to providers and practices by providing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening tool and training to interested practices , thus expanding implementation to a total of four practice sites.
  • Sustaining and spreading the ABCD model to additional Montana cities and practices including, the Center on Mental Health, county health departments, child care providers, and pediatric providers, who all began using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.