The purpose of the Well Child/Pediatric and Adolescent Preventative Health Care Program (APHCP) and the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT) is to provide comprehensive health history, screening and assessment of the physical, mental, and social well being of children birth through 20 years of age. The Well Child program is targeted at children ages birth through 20 who are at or below 185% of the poverty level. Services include:

  • Lead screening
  • Newborn metabolic blood testing
  • Dental screenings and fluoride varnish application
  • Age appropriate anticipatory guidance
  • Parent Counseling
  • Physical Exams

Children of all ages need complete health checkups on a regular basis to promote better health for their future. With scheduled checkups minor health problems in children can be caught before they become serious. Physical, mental or developmental problems can also be found and treated early. Immunizations can be given at routine checkups to prevent childhood diseases such as chickenpox, mumps or measles. Areas of health care that are checked during exams include: medical history and physical examination; growth and development; vision and hearing; immunization status, nutrition, age appropriate health education for parents, lab tests, teeth, mental health and substance abuse.

Children should get health check-ups regularly on or before the ages listed below:
1 month 12 months 4 years
2 months 15 months 5 years
4 months 18 months 6 years
6 months 24 months 8 years
9 months 3 years Yearly 10-20 yrs

School Physicals are required prior to school entry, which includes Head Start, Preschool, Kindergarten (if one was not done prior to Head Start or Preschool) and prior to entry into the Sixth (6th) Grade.  Schools physicals are available at your doctor or any of the Barren River’s eight county centers.  They are provided at no cost to Medicaid and KCHIP-eligible children, can be billed for Kentucky Employees Health Plan (Humana) and can be provided to families on a sliding scale fee based on household size and income eligibility.