CHA News Article

HHS Awards More Than $100M to Support Family Home Visit Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $106.7 million in grants as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program established by the Affordable Care Act. The funds will allow states to continue and expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to age five. In California, the state’s Department of Public Health received nearly $12 million of the grant funding.

The Home Visiting Program builds on decades of research showing that families who choose home visits by a nurse, social worker or early childhood educator during pregnancy and in the first years of life benefit from important support services for healthy children and families. According to HHS, home visit programs have been shown to prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote child health and development.

The Health Resources and Services Administration administers the Home Visiting Program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families to provide states with the resources they need to expand home visiting programs and early childhood systems. For more information about the Home Visiting Program, visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting.

For a list of awardees, visit www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/homevisiting.

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