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Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

HOME VISITING ENACTED LEGISLATION IN STATES

Maine Capitol BuildingHome visiting state legislation addresses a wide range of state needs and priorities. View an interactive table and map of enacted state legislation on home visiting from 2008 to 2014.

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NCSL'S FORUM AND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

2014 Forum logo with US Capitol Building Come to the NCSL Forum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-12, 2014 to help craft the States’ Agenda and learn the latest on important state-federal issues.


 

 


 

 

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SMART INVESTMENTS IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH: 10 STATE STRATEGIES

Mother holding young baby as nurse examinesPrematurity and other birth-related problems, such as low birth weight and birth defects, have profound and lasting effects on individuals, families and society. This report provides an overview of 10 policies and number seven is promote evidence-based home visitation.

 

 

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HOME VISITING: IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN

This brief overview of home visiting in the states specifically looks at the programs, models and resources available. Additionally the brief includes a story from a potential client of how home visiting could work for families in your state.

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OVERVIEW | HOME VISITING

Home visiting is a voluntary, home-based prevention strategy used to support pregnant mothers and new parents to promote infant and child health, foster healthy child development, prevent child abuse and neglect, and improve school readiness and family self-sufficiency. Services are most often delivered by trained nurses, social worker or child development specialists.  Evaluation findings of home visiting programs that are considered evidence-based show positive outcomes for children and families while creating long-term savings for states. For every dollar spent on these programs can provide a return on investment up to $5.70 per taxpayer dollar invested by reducing future costs associated with child abuse and neglect, poor health, academic failure.

Lawmakers have been investing state funds in home visiting programs for over a decade but with the passage of the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant program, a provision within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, home visiting has gained national attention. Since 2010 this federal initiative has provided states with substantial resources for home visiting: $1.5 billion over five years (FYs 2010-2014) with an option for reauthorization. In March 2014, the U.S. Senate extended funding for the program through March 31, 2015. 

State lawmakers play an important role in establishing effective home visiting policies in their states. They can determine how different sources of funding can be leveraged to sustain and improve the quality of states’ existing home visiting systems. They may also develop legislation to ensure the state is investing research-based home visiting models that demonstrate effectiveness and that accountability measures are in place. Examples of state enacted legislation from 2008-2014.

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    Brief over view of home visiting in the state specifically looking at the programs and models and resources available. This two-pager also includes a story from a potential client of how home visiting can work.

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