HHS Releases Funding Announcement for Home Visiting Program

Jun 17, 2010

By Tiffany Conway Perrin

On June 10, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a funding opportunity announcement for the early childhood home visiting program included as part of health care reform. The announcement provides the timeline for additional information to be released over the summer that will be critical to states as they apply for and implement the new program.

For more information on the program, see this Detailed Summary of Home Visitation Program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Importantly, the new announcement makes clear that the home visiting program is a formula-based grant program and that all states with approved applications will receive funds. Appendix B provides a breakdown of the approximate funding level for each state.

States should note that though funds are made available to all states, they still must complete the required needs assessment and the initial application is due July 9, 2010. Additionally their final applications, which will be due in early FY 2011, will have to be approved by the Secretary as meeting the criteria of effectiveness for home visiting models.

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