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March 7, 2011
Home Visiting
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Home Visiting

All new families in New York State should receive assistance from a system of support and services that promotes optimal health, mental health, family functioning and self-sufficiency.  Such a system would serve all pregnant women, infants, and new families (including first-time parents and existing families with new babies).

This system of services would include:

  • Universal contact of all pregnant women and new families;
  • Assessments for parent, child and family health, mental health, developmental, social, literacy and other service needs;
  • Early intervention through referrals to coordinated supports and services; and
  • Home visiting services of varying duration and intensity according to the child’s and family’s needs.

In addition, it would reflect a pyramid-type structure wherein all pregnant women and new mothers/families receive general services, those with identified needs receive more targeted services, and those of high-risk receive very specific, intensive services.  Finally, the system would utilize proven and evidence-based practices.

Home Visiting Resources:

Solving Social Ills Through Early Childhood Home Visiting, a report from the PEW Home Visiting Campaign, presents 12 studies highlighting gains in education, health and future livelihoods at less cost to taxpayers through home visiting. January 2013.

Home Visiting Matters
, a Schuyler Center publication. August 2012.

Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs: Options, Opportunities, and Challenges, a National Academy for State Health Policy report explores the variety of Medicaid financing mechanisms states are currently using to support home visiting services, other potential financing mechanisms that could be used, and considerations for states exploring each of these financing mechanisms. June 2012.

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting in New York: Funding Options and Opportunities
, a Schuyler Center policy brief. March 2012.

21-day Amendment letter
to Governor Cuomo from the Nurse-Family Partnership. January 27, 2012.

The Importance of Fatherhood in Home Visiting, an issue brief by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy. January 2012.

Building Infrastructure to Support Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Two-Year Findings from the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Initiative, a report by Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. August 12, 2011.

Home Visiting Saves Money, Prevents Child Abuse, Helps Children Learn and Strengthens Families, this Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy issue brief demonstrates the economic payback of home visiting services. Summer 2011.

Maximizing the Impact of State Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs a new issue brief by the NGA Center for Best Practices, examines how governors can better integrate home visiting programs into effective and comprehensive state early childhood systems. Key strategies include: promoting coordinating planning and shared accountability across state agencies, developing research-based quality standards, and improving data linkages to track outcomes and better target services. March 2011.

Talking Points for use with advocacy efforts to save home visiting funding. January 2011.

Cost-Effective Investments in Children at Risk. A February 2011 report from the Office of the State Comptroller. Programs focusing on at-risk children have proven effective at reducing the rates of juvenile violence and incarceration, according to a report released on Feb. 11th by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Building the Foundation for School Success: Introducing The Parent-Child Home Program By Sarah Walzer, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network At Clemson University. March 16, 2010.

Update on Federal Funding for Home Visiting Budget Proposal, Health Care Reform Bills, & Other Pending Legislation
Six-page document by The Home Visiting Coalition. November 2009.

Letter sent to the Chairs of the U.S. House and Senate Budget Committees regarding Home Visiting Amendments. April 9, 2009. download letter

State-based Home Visiting, Strengthening Programs through State Leadership
Are states investing in home visiting in ways that promote improved outcomes for young children? How, in this context, do they meet the needs of those facing the greatest social and developmental risks? This report by the National Center for Children in Poverty is designed to help inform the field about these two central questions related to home visiting. February 2009.

Home Visiting: Prevention and Preparation, a Winning Beginning NY four-page brochure educates and informs both policymakers and the public about the benefits of home visiting. March 2009.

Reducing Low Birth Weight Through Home Visitation: A Randomized Control Trial
Abstract of a research article by the Center for Human Services Research, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York and the Bureau of Evaluation and Research, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Albany, New York. February 2009.

Universal Prenatal/Postpartum Care and Home Visitation: The Plan for an Ideal System in New York State
This white paper by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is the product of two years of intensive research and discussion with a broad group of stakeholders collaborating as the home visiting workgroup. The paper describes a system of services that supports new families by providing three components: universal prenatal care, postpartum screening, and comprehensive home visiting. October 2007.

Tiered Service Delivery Pyramid

Policy Event and Forum Materials:

Getting to the Next Steps of a Home Visiting System in New York: Strategies for Financing and Collaboration

This SCAA hosted event explored how New York State can develop a system of home visiting targeting those most at-risk, while allocating resources in the most effective way possible.

The keynote speaker was Deborah Daro, Ph.D., Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, with opening remarks by Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Commissioner of Health, a view from DC by Rutledge Q. Hutson of CLASP, and an afternnoon panel and discussion on the local and state perspectives of home visiting.

See video of Kate Breslin's welcome, Dr. Nirav Shah's opening remarks and Deborah Daro's presentation, and access PowerPoints and event photos on SCAA's Conference Materials page.

Rochester, NY Regional Meeting PowerPoints, October 16, 2009

NYS Home Visiting Coalition Overview  October 2009

Building Heatlhy Children  October 2009

Creating a unified voice for babies and toddlers: Cross sytems collaboration at the local and state level  October 2009


Study Says Early Home Visits Show School Benefits
Education Week (February 6, 2013) By Christine Samuels - Children whose families took part in a home-visiting program in their earliest years showed some positive benefits once they enrolled in school, compared with their peers who did not receive home visits, according to a recently-released study from Healthy Families New York, a home visitation program that enrolls about 5,600 families each year. -see story

Where Workforce Development Begins
Brains aren’t just born, they’re also built.
Chamber Executive (Fall, 2012) By Libby Doggett- Science tells us that our experiences as infants and toddlers greatly affect the quality of the structures in the brain. Up through age three, our minds grow more rapidly than at any other time, developing 700 new learning pathways each second. These neural connections serve as a springboard for success throughout life. -see story

Home visiting programs help reduce child abuse (May 18, 2012) LTE by Tim Howard - The recent article, “Early intervention reduces the chance of violence,” is on point. The scope of child abuse and neglect is shocking. The most recent data from 2010 show that 77,000 children were abused or neglected in New York State, enough to fill Madison Square Garden nearly four times. -see letter

The Power of Nursing

New York Times Opinionator blog (May 16, 2012) By David Bornstein - In 2010, 5.9 million children were reported as abused or neglected in the United States. If you were a policy maker and you knew of a program that could cut this figure in half, what would you do? -see blog

District attorneys from Queens and Staten Island tout visits by nurses to homes (April 18, 2012) By Frank Donnelly - STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A first-time mother, Natasia Young Gurley fretted when she saw her young daughter rock back and forth continuously. -see story

Obama Budget: Congress Weighs Homeless Children's 'Toxic Stress'
Huffington Post (February 16, 2012) After the Apontes lost their Long Island home and moved into a motel, Yolanda and her husband began worrying about their youngest son, who had turned 2 a few months earlier. At night, after tucking the three boys into the bed next to theirs, the parents would stay up for hours talking over their situation. They kept coming back to Noah: Would he always struggle to express himself? Or would he turn out like everyone else? -see story

Programs That Tie Funds to Effectiveness Are at Risk
New York Times (December 2, 2011) By Annie Lowrey - WASHINGTON — Policy experts and academics consider home-visiting programs — where nurses counsel teenage mothers and other at-risk parents — to be among the most effective social interventions. The programs slash the incidence of neglect, bolster infant health and in some cases save taxpayers money by cutting costs.
-see story

HHS announces $224 million to support evidence-based home visiting programs to help parents and children (September 22, 2011) News Release - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $224 million to help at-risk families voluntarily receive home visits from nurses and social workers to improve maternal and child health, child development, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and child abuse prevention. As part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, these grants are funded by the Affordable Care Act and are awarded to state agencies that applied for the grants in 49 states across the country. -see news release      -see list of grant awards  

March 7, 2011 Press conference on elimination of funding for evidence-based home visiting programs. John Raskin, Senator Squadron’s chief of staff, provided remarks from the Senator at the press conference.
Press Release    Capitol Confidential twitter post     Photos

Funds should be restored for program to aid low-income moms
The Sunday Gazette (March 6, 2011) Opinion by Ray Schimmer - OK. We get it. The budget of the state of New York is out of control and cuts — deep cuts — will have to be made. Not only do we get it, but we agree. What Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing is simply responsible good governance. -download opinion

Child Abuse Prevention Possible Victim of Budget Cut
public news service (February 2, 2011) ALBANY, N.Y. - Faced with a $10 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed creation of a program that lumps together nine or more child welfare and juvenile justice programs. -see story

Podcast: Launching 12 Studies of Home Visiting Programs
Early Ed Watch (November 2, 2010) By Lisa Guernsey - A few weeks ago, the Pew Home Visiting Campaign announced grants for 12 new research projects to pinpoint what works in home visiting programs. The studies, which will be conducted around the country, are designed to provide answers to a multitude of questions, such as how to involve fathers in these programs, what kinds of tools work best to evaluate their quality, and what kind of intensity (how many visits per month? how long should the visits be?) makes a lasting impact on children's growth and development. -see story and podcast

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