HHS Announces Expansion of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program in 13 States

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 6, 2013.  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $69.7 million in grant awards to 13 states to expand Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program activities funded by the Affordable Care Act. These competitive awards recognize states that have implemented a high-quality, evidence-based home visiting program as part of a comprehensive, early childhood system of care.

“These awards support states in their efforts to expand and improve home visiting support services for our most vulnerable children and families,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the MIECHV Program provides grants to states to deliver critical health, development, early learning and family support services to children and families who enroll in the program. The program provides voluntary home visits in communities identified by the state grantees for eligible families who welcome education and support to strengthen their relationship with their infants and young children. The program helps to ensure women have a healthy pregnancy.

Since the MIECHV Program was enacted in 2010, it’s been implemented in 544 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories to serve about 15,000 families. HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) partners with HRSA to implement the MIECHV Program, and leads the Tribal Home Visiting Program.

“This program plays a crucial role in the national effort to build comprehensive statewide early childhood systems for pregnant women, parents and caregivers, and children from birth to 8 years of age – and, ultimately, to improve health and development outcomes,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, HRSA. 

Eligibility was limited to those states and territories that received a competitive development grant in 2011 or have not yet received a competitive MIECHV grant.

A list of awards as follows:

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
Expansion Grant Awards

 Organization

 City

 State

 Award

 Administration for Children and Families

 Montgomery

 AL

$6,879,945

Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware 

 Dover

 DE

$4,564,242

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 Baltimore

 MD

$6,427,296

Michigan Department of Community Health 

 Lansing

 MI

$7,200,000

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services 

 Helena

 MT

$5,731,569

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 

 Concord

 NH

$1,461,377

New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families 

 Santa Fe

 NM

$1,428,900

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services 

 Carson City

 NV

$1,791,559

Oregon Department of Health and Human Services 

 Portland

 OR

$7,200,000

Rhode Island Department of Health 

 Providence

 RI

$5,855,373

Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina

 Columbia

 SC

$7,199,374

Texas Health and Human Services Commission 

 Austin

 TX

$7,200,000

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families 

 Madison

 WI

$6,727,566

   

TOTAL

$69,667,201

For more information on HRSA’s Home Visiting Program, visit www.mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting.  

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.

Source: hhs.gov