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Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Project: Utah Department of Health

Published: December 31, 2008
Categories:
Funding
Topics:
Grants
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Location:

Salt Lake City, Utah

Home Visiting Program Selected:

Nurse Family Partnership, and Healthy Families America

Home Visiting Target Population:

First-time mothers who are 185% below the federal poverty level, and eligible for Medicaid or the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program

Project Overview:
Four of Utah's counties—all of them in populous areas of the state—have home visiting programs, established in 2007. The fifth populous county, and all the remaining counties, which are located in non-urban areas and have some of the state's highest child poverty and maltreatment rates, lack home visiting programs. With their grant funding, the Utah Department of Health plans to establish an Office of Home Visiting (OHV) to work with the Division of Child and Family Services in the state's Department of Human Services, and with the Division's Child Abuse Prevention Specialist, to support existing programs and to spread the use of evidence-based models of home visiting throughout the state. OHV plans to develop or improve linkages between home visiting programs and other service systems such as health care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health providers, and to identify new sources of funding for home visiting programs. OHV will seek to leverage potential funding for these new programs through possible sources such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. They then hope to establish additional evidence-based programs in the state. The evaluation coordinator will work with an external evaluator from the Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University. The grantee currently plans to compare data from local home visiting programs to national data.