Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Needs Assessment Information

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Federal Announcements

  • The Health and Human Services Commission has assumed responsibility for the development and implementation of the state’s home visiting program. For additional information, please contact Mary Riggs, Office of Program Coordination for Children and Youth, Health and Human Services Commission at mary.riggs@hhsc.state.tx.us.

  • The Department of State Health Services has submitted responses to two of three anticipated Federal Announcements for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The Health and Human Services Commission has assumed responsibility for the development and implementation of the state plan that is required in Supplemental Information Request #2.

    Funding Opportunity Announcement #1
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement #1
    (708KB, PDF)
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement #1 FAQs
    (89KB, PDF)
  • Texas Response to Funding Opportunity Announcement #1
    (592KB, PDF)

    Supplemental Information Request #1
  • Supplemental Information Request for the Submission of the Statewide Needs Assessment
    (103KB, PDF)
  • Texas Response to the Supplemental Information Request for the Submission of the Statewide Needs Assessment
    (2.75MB, PDF)

    Supplemental Information Request #2
    On February 8, 2011, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program released the Supplemental Information Request to State grantees for their Updated State Plans.  If you are interested in reviewing this document please use the following links:

    Information about the program and a link to the SIR is available at: www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/homevisiting

    The direct link to the SIR is available at: www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/homevisiting/sir02082011.pdf

    For additional information, please contact Mary Riggs, Office of Program Coordination for Children and Youth, Health and Human Services Commission at mary.riggs@hhsc.state.tx.us.

    Request for Public Comment on Evidence-based Criteria (Comment Period CLOSED)
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) are soliciting comment by August 17, 2010 on how to assess evidence of effectiveness of home visiting program models for pregnant women, parents and caregivers of children birth through kindergarten entry. This Notice proposes criteria to be considered in assessing whether home visiting models have evidence of effectiveness and describes the methodology for a systematic review of evidence, applying the criteria proposed in the Notice. To view this Notice published in the Federal Register, visit: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-18013.pdf.

    Background

    Texas Home Visiting Needs Assessment
    July - August 2010

    • On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law.  Section 2951 of the law (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs) requires states to complete a home visiting needs assessment.
    • The home visiting needs assessment must be submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services no later than September 1, 2010.
    • The state must complete the home visiting needs assessment in order to receive the FY 2011 Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.
    • The Governor of Texas has designated the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as the lead agency for coordinating and submitting the home visiting needs assessment on behalf of the state of Texas.

      Additional Information:

      • The Law (H.R. 3590, Sec. 2951)
      • Requirements
      • Federal Guidance
      • Updates from HRSA
      • Contact Us

      • The Law (H.R. 3590, Sec. 2951, scroll down to pages 216-225)

      http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3590enr.txt.pdf

    • Requirements
      Section 511(b) of Title V, as amended by Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that a statewide needs assessment be conducted that is separate from the needs assessment required under section 505(a) of Title V for the MCH Services Block Grant.   This needs assessment must be coordinated with and take into account the needs assessments required by (1) the Title V MCH Block Grant program, (2) the communitywide strategic planning and needs assessments conducted in accordance with section 640(g)(1)(C) of the Head Start Act, and (3) the inventory of current unmet needs and current community-based and prevention-focused programs and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect, and other family resource services operating in the State required under section 205(3) of Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).

      Submission of a complete home visiting needs assessment is required in order for the state to receive its FY 2011 allotment under the Title V Block Grant.

      The assessment must:

      • Identify communities with concentrations of premature birth, low-birth weight infants, and infant mortality, including infant death due to neglect, or other indicators of at-risk prenatal, maternal, newborn, or child health; poverty; crime; domestic violence; high rates of high-school drop-outs; substance abuse; unemployment; or child maltreatment.
      • Identify the quality and capacity of existing programs or initiatives for early childhood home visiting in the State, including the number and types of individuals and families who are receiving services under such programs or initiatives; the gaps in early childhood home visiting in the State; and the extent to which such programs or initiatives are meeting the needs of eligible families.
      • Discuss the State’s capacity for providing substance abuse treatment and counseling services to individuals and families in need of such treatment or services.

      Federal Guidance
      Guidance regarding the home visiting needs assessment is expected in early July.

      Federal guidance will provide full specifications for conducting a collaborative needs assessment, including templates and instructions for reporting:

      • Data identifying communities at risk,
      • The quality and capacity of existing programs for early childhood home visiting, and
      • The state’s capacity for providing substance abuse treatment and counseling services.

      Updates from HRSA
      The archive of the webinar on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, originally broadcast on June 17, 2010, is now available online.  This webinar provided an overview of the new Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and a walk-through of the first Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) released on June 10, 2010.  It answers many of the questions about the Home Visiting Grant Program and the initial FOA.

      The archived webinar may be accessed at the following URL:
      http://webcast.hrsa.gov/postevents/archivedWebcastDetailNewInterface.asp?aeid=525.

Last updated February 01, 2012