Child Development Clinic Services

Emerging Practice

Child Development Clinic Services

State/JurisdictionSettingPopulationTopic AreaNPMs
VirginiaClinicalCYSHCNFamily & Youth Engagement, Health Equity, Health Screening & Promotion, Access to Health Care/Insurance, Service Coordination & Integration6, 11, 15

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Child Development Clinic Services program has been in operation since the 1950s in some form. It began as a state health department run program but over time evolved into a mostly public/private partnership with health systems/universities. VDH funds the program with Title V money and partners help sustain the program with the revenue that they earn. This enables Virginia to serve more families statewide.

The goal of our program is to help assure children suspected of having developmental/behavioral conditions have access to comprehensive evaluation services and that the diagnosis of certain conditions occurs as early as possible. The Virginia Department of Health does this by partnering with service providers across the Commonwealth. Each service provider employs licensed professionals who use evidenced based tools to evaluate children, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule or ADOS. The core components of our program are written into the Virginia Administrative Code and can be found in the Implementation Handout.

contact information

Virginia Department of Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
Marcus Allen