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The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

The federal MIECHV program provides grants for states, territories, and tribal entities to implement evidence-based home visiting programs.

Families participating in home visiting programs choose to receive regular, planned home visits from trained providers such as nurses, social workers, and educators. While participation in home visiting programs is voluntary, families must demonstrate commitment to the program’s curriculum.

Home visitors help assess family needs and available community resources to them, partner with parents to provide necessary tools to ensure the safety and the emotional and physical well-being of their children, and connect families to community programs and resources that enhance stability.

- 75% of MIECHV funding is provided for evidence-based programs

- 25% can be used for promising approaches

- 3% of total MIECHV funding is reserved for tribal grantees

- 3% of total MIECHV funding is reserved for research and evaluation activities

MIECHV provides funding to state and local programs statistically proven to improve the health, education, and economic self-sufficiency of vulnerable families. To receive funding, grantees must demonstrate measurable improvement in at least four of six benchmark domains:

  1. improvement in maternal and newborn health;
  2. reduction in child injuries, abuse, and neglect;
  3. improved school readiness and achievement;
  4. reduction in crime or domestic violence;
  5. improved family economic self-sufficiency;
  6. improved coordination and referral for other community resources and supports.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed legislation that authorized the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. MIECHV was originally funded at $1.5 billion for five years.

In 2014, MIECHV received a one-year authorization under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate extension.

The next spring, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 which reauthorized funding for MIECHV through September, 2017.

S.1829 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) - is a bill to amend title V of the Social Security Act to extend the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The most recent action in the Senate: on 09/19/2017 it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Its sponsor is Senator Chuck Grassley [R-IA].

Co-sponsors are

Sen. Robert Menendez  [D-NJ]*

Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]

Sen. Robert P Casey, Jr. [D-PA]

Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]

Sen. Benjamin L Cardin [D-MD]

Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]



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