KDHE awarded $1 million grant for family visitation program

08/05/2014 8:18 AM

08/05/2014 8:19 AM

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been awarded $1 million in federal grant money as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program) established by the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.

The program will allow home visiting services to women during pregnancy and parents with young children up to 5 years old. The goals are to improve health and development; prevent child injury, abuse and neglect; improve school readiness; reduce crime; and improve coordination and referrals to other community resources, according to the program’s website.

The program is locally managed and voluntary for families to participate. The program was established in 2010 and more than $1.5 billion has been invested in it so far.

More than $106 million was given to entities throughout the U.S. as part of the grant.

For more information, visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/.

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