There are currently 15 perinatal networks located throughout New York State. All of the networks coordinate services that are needed by infants, women of childbearing age, and families to assure that appropriate services are available and accessible. In order to accomplish this, the networks bring together health and human service providers and consumers to jointly identify and improve services in their given community.
Since 1986, the number of perinatal networks has grown from five (located in each of the boroughs of New York City and the City of Buffalo) to 15 networks. Perinatal Network coverage of counties in New York State has grown from five in 1986 to 40 counties today.
Perinatal Networks are involved in a range of initiatives including: professional and consumer education, assessment and coordination of local services, adolescent pregnancy prevention, child abuse prevention, lead screening, and parent support and education programs. Many of the Networks also play a significant role in facilitating enrollment in the Child Health Plus program and Medicaid Managed Care.