Challenge:

It is imperative to identify children as soon as possible who need early intervention services. One way to do this is developmental screening. Several groups offer developmental screening, issues remain around duplicate screenings, lack of follow-up care and wait lists, failure to close the communication loop, and not reporting results from procedures back to health care providers and referring organizations who are working with children and their families.

Solution:

Qualidigm’s Maine Developmental Systems Integration (DSI) initiative focuses on systems integration to assure the health and development needs of infants and young children are identified early. The DSI initiative works with organizations that serve children from birth to age three, such as Maine Families, Public Health Nursing, Early Head Start, child health providers and Child Development Services.

Under the DSI, Qualidigm created the Developmental Screening Community Initiative (DSCI) which helps implement and test best practices for improving developmental screening efforts at the local level.

Qualidigm also brought together stakeholders to work on improving the Transition of Care for adolescents. The sessions helped guide an environmental scan to identify what resources currently exist for transition of care and to identify the gaps while establishing action steps to be included in change package.

Benefit:

Rates of development screening for children ages 0-3 from 2011 MaineCare baseline data rose from 1-3% to over 21-28%, surpassing the target of 20%.