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State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI)

SSDI was launched in 1993 to complement the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program and to combine the efforts of State MCH and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Agencies. In general, the purpose of the SSDI is to assist State MCH and CSHCN programs in the building of State and community infrastructure that results in comprehensive, community-based systems of care for all children and their families.

Grant resources are focused on the Title V Block Grant Health Systems Indicator (HSCI) #9(A): the ability of States to assure that the MCH programs and Title V agency have access to policy and program relevant information and data. Currently, SSDI focuses resources on establishing or improving the data linkages between birth records and:

  1. infant death certificates,
  2. Medicaid eligibility or paid claims files,
  3. WIC eligibility files, and
  4. newborn screening files.

The first priority is to these four data linkages, and then the program will focus on establishing or improving access to:

  1. hospital discharge surveys,
  2. a birth defects surveillance system,
  3. a survey of recent mothers at least every 2 years, similar to the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and
  4. a survey of adolescent health and behaviors at least every 2 years, like the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS).

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For more information, contact the Health Planning and Resources Management SSDI office.

Last Updated: Wednesday April 25 2012
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