California Home Visiting Program
The California Home Visiting Program was created as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The home visiting program focus is to provide comprehensive, coordinated in-home services to support positive parenting, and to improve outcomes for families residing in identified at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines home visiting as an evidence-based, voluntary program offered to pregnant women or children birth to age 5. Programs are meant to target participant outcomes which include: improved maternal and child health, prevention of child injuries, child abuse and maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits, improvement in school readiness and achievement, reduction in crime or domestic violence, improvements in family economic self-sufficiency, and improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
Currently, 22 sites in 21 LHJs are funded to provide services using one of two nationally recognized home visiting models, Healthy Families America, and Nurse-Family Partnership.