Affordable Care Act:

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting in Maryland

(MIECHV) 

Home Visiting Logo

What is Home Visiting?

Evidence-based home visiting (EBHV) is a voluntary early childhood strategy that can enhance parenting and promote the growth and development of young children. EBHV programs are focused, individualized and culturally competent services for expectant parents, young children and their families. These programs are made available in the home and help families strengthen attachment, provide optimal development for their children, promote health and safety, and reduce the risk for child maltreatment.

Five evidence-based home visiting programs are in use in Maryland: Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families America, Parents as Teachers, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), and Early Head Start. More can be read about these programs here.

There are other programs in Maryland that visit families in the home such as Baltimore City's Healthy Start program, and the Maryland State Department of Education's Infants and Toddlers program that provide family support and education focused on the family's needs.

Maryland’s Comprehensive State Plan for Home Visiting

In 2010, Maryland MIECHV developed a Comprehensive State Plan for home visiting. Each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions created a plan specific to their at-risk communities. This local jurisdictional information identified gaps in services and assisted in meeting the needs specific to each local community. 

The State Plan calls for Maryland to address capacity and gaps for providing home visiting services in every jurisdiction. As funding becomes available, momentum of assisting our families at risk will continue in a seamless and coordinated fashion. Currently, the total capacity of Maryland’s home visiting programs is enough to serve only a small percentage of interested at-risk families. 

In addition, home visiting goals, objectives and activities are blended into several Maryland state initiatives including the Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grant.

State and Federal Funding for Home Visiting in Maryland

Home Visiting receives funding through federal, state and local governments as well as foundation and nonprofit sources. State funding sources include the Department of Human Resources (DHR), the Children’s Cabinet (CC), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Federal funds for Early Head Start (EHS) home visiting programs are passed through MSDE. The federal MIECHV program is administered through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), and has played an increasing important role in expanding home visiting services throughout Maryland’s highest need communities since 2010.

Federal MIECHV funds support about one third of the home visiting programs in Maryland. State funding agencies include the DHR, the CC and the MSDE.  The various home visiting funders target overlapping maternal and child indicators, including prenatal care, infant mortality, childhood immunizations, child abuse and neglect, and school readiness.

Funding Source and Indicators:

DHR
  • Child abuse, out-of-home placements.
 
CC Interagency Fund
  • Childhood immunizations, child abuse and neglect, healthy birth-weight babies.
 
DHMH-MIECHV
  • Prenatal care, parental substance abuse, preconception care, inter-birth intervals, mental health screening, breastfeeding, well-child visits, maternal-child insurance status, child abuse and neglect, school readiness.
 
MSDE
  • Infant mortality, healthy birth-weight, childhood immunizations, school readiness, child abuse and neglect

 

 

 
For more information or to reach the administrator of the MIECHV grant, please call 410-767-6753.
 
January 2015
 
  
 
 
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Links

 

For more information about this grant, please call 410-767-6753
  

Recent Newsletters: