Developmental screening can be billed using CPT billing code 96110 or ICD-10 Z13.4. This covers the time a physician scores, reviews results, and interprets findings.  Billing for developmental screening using these codes requires documentation that the screening was given and notes any action taken, such as follow-up screening, developmental milestone information, or referral to community agency or community resource. Reimbursement rates vary by insurance provider. Contact insurance providers directly to learn the reimbursement rate.  For Behavioral/Social Emotional screening of young children use CPT code 96127. For Maternal Depression use CPT Code 96161.


Downloadable Materials

  1. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive Developmental Screening Passport 
  2. Sample Workflow from Help Me Grow Ventura County
  3. Sample of a Behavioral Health Referral Mechanism – from Alameda County
  4. Developmental Screening Landscape Analysis – California Statewide Screening Collaborative
  5. Referring Infants to Early Intervention Services



Citations downloadable PDF


Federal & National Initiatives

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!

CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early

AAP Bright Futures

AAP Star Center | Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center


California State Programs

California Early Start (Part C)

Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)

Help Me Grow California Program

High Risk Infant Follow Up (HRIF)

MCAH Programs


Resources for Families

Early Start Website Directory

Regional Center Early Start Intake and Family Resource Centers

Early Start Neighborhood

California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network


Resources for Primary Healthcare Professionals

Free SEEK Online Training Videos and Supplemental Materials


Health Care Insurance Information

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)



Recent Publications

June 2019. First 5 LA Issue Briefs and Infographics on Early Screening and Intervention

August 2019. Children Now Insider: Developmental Screenings And Early Intervention Are Critical To Ensuring A Healthy Start For California’s Youngest Children

February 2019. Setting a Medi-Cal Child Health Quality Agenda

2019. Childhood Adversity Screenings Are Just One Part of an Effective Policy Response to Childhood Trauma

2019. The State of California’s Babies

March 2018. Developmental Screenings for Young Children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

February 2018. Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California: Bright Spots and Lessons Learned

2018. Broad Developmental Screening Misses Young Children With Social-Emotional Needs

2018. Innovations in Cross-Sector Developmental Screening

March 2016. How Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Help Pediatricians Prevent Mental Health Problems


Presentations at State Screening Collaborative Meetings

An EPIC Look into Young Children in Child Welfare

Advancements in Monitoring Quality in Managed Care

Developmental Screening

Early Identification and Linkages to Intervention for Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in Young Children

From the Doctor’s Office: California Pediatrician Survey on Early Childhood Developmental Screening

OC Children’s Screening Registry: A Solution for Cross Sector Communication and Referrals to Services

Shared Materials from the Assembly Select Committee on Early Childhood Development Hearing

The Evolution of Developmental Screening and Referrals in Alameda County: 2005-Present

Title V Child Health Needs Assessment and Action Planning

Trauma Screening

Value Based Payment