The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. The program builds on decades of scientific research showing that home visits by a nurse, social worker, early childhood educator, or othertrained professional during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life improve the lives of children and families by preventing child abuse and neglect, supporting positive parenting, improving maternal and child health, and promoting child development and school readiness. States, territories, and tribal communities receive funding through the MIECHV program and have the flexibility to select home visiting service delivery models that best meet state and local needs. The MIECHV program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This resource for MIECHV awardees provides essential information about the opioid epidemic, opioid use disorder (OUD), and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). It includes relevant research; offers strategies for MIECHV awardees and their state partners in early childhood, public health, and substance misuse and mental health treatment; and highlights promising efforts underway in Maine, Colorado, West Virginia, and Massachusetts. (Excerpt from introduction)
HRSA’s home visiting program: Supporting families impacted by opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome
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