California Home Visiting Program
What is the California Home Visiting Program?
The California Home Visiting Program (CHVP) is a positive parenting program to help vulnerable families independently raise their children. CHVP 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.
Currently, 25 sites in 24 Local Health Jurisdictions are funded to provide services using one of two evidence-based home visiting models, Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership.
What are the goals of the program?
CHVP targets 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.