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.
The Delaware State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) Program is a key component of our Title V program. The program’s initiatives ensure the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs have access to relevant information and data. The Division of Public Health (DPH) recognizes that a structured surveillance system to allow for the analysis of risk factors, behaviors, practices, and experiences before, during and after pregnancy would provide valuable information to support existing MCH programs and a basis for new MCH funding opportunities for new intervention programs. DPH promotes the sharing of data within our data systems and encourages enhancing current systems instead of building new systems.
The SSDI Grant’s Measurable Goals for the period of December, 2014 through November, 2017 are: