Health Care Reform Includes Historic Investment in Prevention Services
Mar 24, 2010
The historic health care reform legislation that President Obama recently signed included $1.5 billion over five years for a home visiting program that provides services such as parent education, health screenings for children and other critical supports for vulnerable families.
This $1.5 billion investment is mandatory funding that will significantly expand home visitation services, helping to ensure that more children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn, and to become productive adults.
Home visiting is a voluntary program. It provides direct services such as parent education and screenings and assessments for children. In addition, the program serves as a link between families and other community services.
The program will provide grants to states, tribes and other eligible entities to deliver a range of services to families. The goal is to promote better prenatal and maternal health, infant health, and child health and development. In addition, the program works to enhance parenting skills to improve child development and school readiness, and it provides services to improve families' socioeconomic status and reduce child abuse and neglect.
Grantees can select an array of models that, based on research, have demonstrated positive outcomes for participants.