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					Home Visiting Consortium
       July, 2007
History

  In 2000, the Maryland General Assembly’s
 Joint Committee on Children, Youth and
 Families commissioned a summer study to
 review and develop strategies for state
 funded home visiting programs
Home Visiting Programs Joint
Committee Reviewed:
   Healthy Start               Also Noted:
   Even Start                   Parents as Teachers

   GOCCP Home Visiting          Infants and Toddlers
    Program                      Early Head Start
   Family Support Centers
   Home Instruction
    Program for Preschool
    Youngsters
   Healthy Families
   Baltimore City Maternal &
    Infant Program
   Responsible Choices
Recommendations
1.   Create an Oversight Committee
2.   Develop a consolidated and uniform grant
     process
3.   Coordinate data collection, monitoring and
     evaluation
4.   Develop a single point of entry
Home Visiting Consortium Mission


 To ensure coordination and collaboration
 between public and private partners in the
 planning and implementation of high quality
 home visiting strategies in Maryland
Home Visiting Consortium Vision

 All Maryland families with young children
 have access to high quality, well coordinated
 home visiting services that address their
 needs
 Organizational Chart


                                   Home Visiting Consortium



Evaluation, Outcome,                               Training, Technical
                       Policy, Practices &                                 Finance, Grants
 Data and Research                                     Assistance
                             Programs                                        & Resources
                                                   & Quality Assurance



                                                         MMSR
                                                  Home Visiting Training
Evaluation, Outcome, Data & Research
Committee Tasks
   Identify how to measure improvements in
    quality of life issues as a result of home
    visiting
    Linkage to the Maryland Partnership for Children,
    Youth & Families work
   Develop common data elements/data sets
    and report on
    Link to Managing for Results
    Consistency across time/standards
                                      Barbara Squires, Chair
Policy, Practices & Programs

 This committee will review the different
 policies and practices of various Home
 Visiting Strategies and will identify best
 practices. This committee will also help to set
 priorities and key elements as well as
 standards for home visiting to use.
Tasks for PPP Committee
   Define minimum Program and Performance
    Standards for all home visiting programs in
    Maryland:
       Target the Maryland Results Areas
       Research-based
   Identify and describe natural
    transitions/linkages between home visiting
    programs


                                            Earleen Beckman, Chair
Tasks for the Training, Technical Assistance &
Quality Assurance Committee
   Define a set of core competencies for
    home visiting staff
   Identify what training is necessary
   Define the population of home visitors
   Complete an environmental scan on
    training
       Advocate/strategies and implement MMSR/WSS
       Develop an outline for home visiting training
        calendar
                                      Jean Mitchell, Chair
Tasks for the Finance, Grants &
Resources Committee
   Develop a catalogue of existing home
    visiting resources and identify potential
    new resources
   Identify a budget for the Home Visiting
    Consortium


                                 Debbie Slack-Katz, Chair
Marketing/PR Committee
   Develop a marketing/PR strategy for home
    visiting working with NGA group
       What data can be gathered to sell successes
       Selling the benefits of the consortium
       Raise awareness of home visiting in the
        communities
       Ensure existing resources stay whole
       Strategies for sharing home visiting activities, best
        practices, programs
       Forum, newsletter, website, etc
    Not an active committee, Debbie Slack-Katz lead in completing
Evaluation, Outcome, Data & Research
Key Activities & Accomplishments
   Identified five performance indicators to be
    used across home visiting programs:
    1.Low birth weight births
    2.Infant mortality

    3.Child abuse and neglect

    4.Childhood immunizations

    5.Work Sampling System


   In process of defining operational definition
    of the date elements (performance
    indicators)
   Working with David Ayer to develop a Home
    Visiting model in SCYFIS
Policy, Practices & Programs
Key Activities & Accomplishments
   Jointly met and worked with the Evaluation
    Committee
   Developed a definition for home visiting
       Amended and approved by HVC & (?) Subcabinet
   Developed Home Visiting Standards
       Amended and approved by HVC;
       (?Subcabinet did not want to approve without
        money to support)
   In process of identifying “key components”
    and “standardization” of the Standards
  Definition
  Home visiting is a strategy for comprehensive service delivery utilizing
  professionals, highly trained paraprofessionals or volunteers to offer
  support to children and their families primarily in their own homes for
  the purpose of ensuring that; all babies are born healthy, all children
  are raised in safe and nurturing families and all children enter school
  ready to learn. Additionally, home visiting programs may have a
  positive impact on the other Maryland results: Healthy Children,
  Children Successful in School, Children Completing School, Stable &
  Economically Independent Families and Communities Which Support
  Family Life.
Home visiting programs:
      Are locally driven and designed, and operate within a statewide framework
      Are collaborative with diverse public and private partners to reach target
       population (s) and to ensure that families receive needed and appropriate
       services
      Are research-based to systemically improve both child and family health,
       development and functioning
      Offer services voluntarily in a culturally competent manner
      May vary in length and intensity of services depending on the family’s
       needs
     FINAL HOME VISITING STANDARDS
1.   Program has community partnerships in place to identify the
     families in the target population.
2.   Program has a system for assuring appropriate staff training,
     meeting the minimum standards established by the Maryland Home
     Visiting Consortium, for orientation, core competencies, and on-
     going training.
3.   Program has a nationally recognized child/family curriculum and/or
     guidelines that structure services to provide age appropriate child
     anticipatory guidance, including social-emotional health, with a
     focus on supporting the caregiver in the role as the child’s first
     teacher.
4.   Program ensures that the home visiting staff receives individual
     supervision and support on a regular basis and at least an annual
     formal performance review.
5.   Program ensures that at a minimum, monthly face-to-face contact
     and/or home visits are conducted with defined criteria for
     increasing and decreasing the intensity and frequency of services
     based on the family’s need.
     FINAL HOME VISITING STANDARDS
5. Program services are guided by a plan and the process of developing the
     plan includes family and home visitor collaboration to identify family goals,
     strengths, and necessary services and supports. The home visitor refers
     and links to available resources and follows-up with all referrals to ensure
     that services are being received. The plan is culturally competent and
     reflects the family’s interests and goals. Based on this plan
6.   Home visitor services support parents/caregivers to lay the foundation for
     reading, and address the other identified domains of early learning and
     development and school readiness.
7.   Home visitor monitors child development using a standardized
     developmental screen at specified intervals. Based on family and home
     visitor identified goals, home visitor refers and/or links to available
     resources and follows-up with all referrals to ensure that services are being
     received.
8.   Based on family and home visitor identified goals, home visitor provides
     parent education in child health and safety. Home visitor monitors and
     documents prenatal and well-child visits including immunization and lead
     screening status. Home visitor links families to available resources and
     follows-up with all referrals to ensure that services are being received.
9.   Home visitor plans with the family / caregiver to transition the family / child
     to a quality early care and/or education program.
Training, TA/QA Committee
Key Activities & Accomplishments


   Coordinated the first Maryland Home Visiting
    Conference
   Reviewing and discussing currently offered
    home visitor training requirements
   Reviewing and discussing what home visitor
    training was currently offered
Finance, Grants & Resources
Key Activities & Accomplishments

   Submitted the State Innovation Grant
   Obtained funding for Maryland Early
    Childhood Community Connections Initiative
   Obtained funding and keynote speakers for
    the first Maryland Home Visiting Conference

				
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