The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports high-risk families in communities across the country and in South Carolina through intensive, voluntary home visiting services. Children’s Trust is the state administrator for MIECHV.
MIECHV programs work to achieve specific outcomes:
- Improve health and development of children and mothers.
- Prevent child injuries, child abuse, neglect or maltreatment and reduce emergency department visits.
- Improve school readiness and achievement.
- Reduce crime, including domestic violence.
- Improve family economic self-sufficiency.
- Improve the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
MIECHV was established by Congress in 2010. In March 2014, they extended funding through March 2015, building on the initial $1.5 billion investment. In April 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which included a two-year extension of the Home Visiting Program through fiscal year 2017 at current level. Administration of the MIECHV funding is by Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They work in close partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
With the powerful evidence-based design that builds stronger families and smarter government, MIECHV has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Together, advocates statewide have laid an important foundation of community and congressional support through efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.
Supporters are encouraged to contact their elected officials and share their support and success stories for home visiting.
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Fact sheets and reports on Home Visiting are available on our Reports page.