MCH contracting

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program guidelines outline in detail the background of MCH and the annual process for implementing MCH work. The following is a summary of key parts of the annual process. Consult the MCH Guidelines or your MCH Local Liaison for more detail or if you have questions.



The contracting process is fully detailed in the MCH Guidelines. MCH operates on a 5-year contract cycle.  In general, contracts begin each year on October 1 and end the following year on September 30th.  If funding is available,   renewals are completed each year of the 5-year cycle. LPHAs submit budgets and action plans to their MCH Local Liaison each spring in preparation for the contract renewal the following October.   

When the contracts are ready for signature in late summer, CDPHE contracts staff sends the document to LPHA signatory staff via Docusign. LPHAs then submit the signed contract to CDPHE through Docusign.  CDPHE signs and sends the final executed contract back to the LPHA, again in Docusign. LPHAs must download and save that final version from Docusign for their files. Work cannot begin until the contract start date.  A fall webinar is held each year in October to go over the requirements of the contract.


MCH Local Liaison provide customized invoice reimbursement forms to the LPHAs in late October of each year. LPHAs submit a signed monthly invoice to These are due no later than 45 calendar days after the end of the billing period for which services were rendered.  

MCH/HCP 4-Square Progress Reports

MCH Local Liaison provide customized MCH HCP 4-Square Progress Report templates to the LPHA by mid November of each year. The templates are based on the priorities the LPHA has selected. These must be  completed by LPHAs quarterly and are due by January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 31. Sample 4 Square Progress Report Template

Progress check-ins

Progress check-ins are held by phone or in person three times a year to monitor the progress, successes and challenges with implementation of the action plans. MCH Local Liaison schedule the meetings with local and state staff. Local staff are included at the discretion of the LPHA program manager. MCH Local Liaison complete a report after the check in, which is found in the 4-Square Progress Report. 

Action plan and budget development

Each year, state staff host a spring contracting and planning webinar.  In April /May, action plans and budgets for the next fiscal year are then developed in a collaborative effort between state and local staff.  Action plans are based on the  priorities that agency has selected and are created by LPHA staff with input from priority coordinators and MCH Local Liaison. The final, customized action plans template is provided to each LPHA each year. Action plans are updated to show progress on the activities and targets. Sample Action Plan Template

MCH Local Liaison email the LPHAs customized budget templates each spring and budgets are created by LPHA staff with assistance from MCH Local Liaison and state fiscal staff. The budgets are submitted to by the deadline stated in the MCH Guidelines.