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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Home Visiting?

Home visiting programs:

 Serve pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 5.
 Focus on families at risk because the parents are younger than 21, low income, live in at-risk communities, have a history of child abuse or neglect or have other factors that can put healthy child development in jeopardy.
 Help to prevent child abuse and neglect.
 Are supported by scientific research as a way to improve the lives of children and families.
 Are administered by States and locally managed.

What is MIECHV and how is it funded?

Maternal, Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). These agencies fund individual states to develop and implement voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs using models that are proven to improve child health and to be cost effective.

Congress established the MIECHV program in 2010 and in March 2014, extended funding through March 2015, building on the initial $
.5 billion investment.

What is going on in Maryland’s MIECHV program?

Governor Martin O’Malley has designated the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Prevention and Health Promotion Administration- Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Office of Family Planning and Home Visiting as applicant/administering agency on behalf of the Children’s Cabinet. The Children’s Cabinet is the advisory body for the MIECHV funding. Maryland MIECHV currently supports Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families America and Early Head Start models.

 
Goals Of MD MIECHV Program:
 
1.To increase the availability, accessibility and use of evidence-based home visiting in communities at greatest need to identify and engage families who are most in need and most likely to benefit from home visiting.
2.To strengthen home visiting and Medical Home service quality and coordination to better achieve Maryland’s priorities for reducing infant mortality, improving maternal and child mental health, and promoting school readiness.
3.To assure sustained high quality statewide implementation and effectiveness through the development and use of integrated data systems, common benchmarks and performance indicators, and innovative evaluation strategies.

What home visiting programs does the HVTCP serve?

We work with the following evidence-based programs:

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