OUR GOAL: To promote maternal health and well-being, improve infant and child health and development, strengthen family functioning and cultivate strong communities.
WHO WE SERVE: Pregnant and newly parenting families who have one or more of the following risk factors: domestic violence, inadequate income, unstable housing, education less than 12 years, substance abuse, and depression and/or mental illness.
SERVICE DELIVERY: Services are provided by a Public Health Nurse or paraprofessional in the family’s home. Services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby, are offered voluntarily and continue primarily to age 3. The number of visits is based on need.
OUTCOMES: Research has shown that evidence-based home visiting programs produce positive outcomes that save taxpayer dollars by reducing societal costs associated with intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, youth crime, substance abuse and need for government assistance.
FINANCING: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 established the
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program , which provides funds for evidence-based home visiting in every state.