Policy Goals

  1. Increase resources for quality targeted home visiting programs and services.

  2. Build a strong infrastructure to support quality targeted home visiting programs and services.

Legislative Updates

Legislative Session, Special Session & Policy Updates

June 30, 2021

The 2021 Legislative and Special Session produced a number of positive policy changes and directed funding to support maternal and childhood programs and address inequities in maternal and infant mortality.

 

The Coalition’s top policy priority to establish a new statute expanding on the current state funded Evidence-Based Home Visiting program, to include up to 25% of funding toward Promising Practice and Evidence-Informed programs. This new policy, titled HOME VISITING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN (145.87) was included in the HHS Policy bill, which passed during the regular session. $33 M in funding for the home visiting program was included in the final Special Session HHS bill, with an additional $4.5 M in federal funding one-time funding ($1.5 M over three years).

 

Additional home visiting updates include

  1. full funding ($2 M) for the Nurse Family Partnership Home Visiting Program, avoiding funding cuts as included in the Governor’s original budget request, and

  2. Funding for Parent Child + ($1.8 M) for urban and rural programming (MN Dept of Education)

 

Other important policy changes are listed briefly below:

  1. Medical Assistance Coverage Postpartum was extended from 60 days to 12 months. This will provide important access to health and mental health services to individuals postpartum.

  2. Supporting Healthy Development & Babies funding through African American Babies Coalition & Project at Wilder Foundation received $520,000 one-time funding.

  3. Dignity & Child Birth Act passed. This act directs funding to create a curriculum for people working in labor and delivery to learn about the impact of implicit bias on the health and well-being of women, child birth experience and the health of babies. Training will be offered to professionals and paraprofessionals to help address maternal and infant health inequities for Black and Indigenous women and families.

  4. Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies (ICHRP) Expansion passed. This expands the program to other communities across the state. The focus in on creating MA funded strategies to address maternal and infant health inequities.

  5. Healthy Start Act passed. Allows pregnant and parenting women (up to 12 months postpartum) who are incarcerated in state prisons to be moved to community alternative settings while completing their time to allow them to bond with their children and establish critical bonds that will lead to long-term health for the children.

  6. Eliminating Health Disparities Grant program funded ($4 M in TANF) to decrease racial and ethnic disparities.

  7. Worker protections for pregnant and lactating individuals (DEED). Pregnancy protections at work are further clarified and lactating individuals are provided paid time to pump breast milk.

  8. Substance abuse reporting changes for pregnant individuals. These changes mandating reporting statute for women who are actively seeking support for chemical use. Providers are no longer required to report, with the intent to de-criminalize chemical abuse recovery.

2022 Legislative Platform

  1. Support voluntary universal home visiting services for pregnant and parenting families as they rebuild from the public health pandemic and seek to stabilize their families.

  2. Increase flexibility and access to targeted home visiting programs. Increase flexibility in the types of home visiting programs eligible to apply for home visiting funding at MDH, DHS and/or MDE.

  3. Increase flexibility in the types of programs eligible to access state funding, and/or increase flexibility in eligibility of families receiving services to ensure racially, ethnically and geographically diverse programs and delivery systems are available to best meet the needs of families with complex needs.

  4. Protect current public health investments for pregnant women and infants including home visiting services in Minnesota.

  5. Medicaid reimbursement rates should set minimum reimbursement rates on PMAP contracts for home visiting services.

  6. Support federal and state legislation for continuous eligibility in Medicaid and CHIP programs to increase health and mental health outcomes for those who are pregnant and infants.

  7. Identify strategies to diversify the field of family home visiting professionals to better reflect the families they serve throughout Minnesota through flexible credentials or shared recruitment strategies.

  8. Increase access to paid family and medical leave as a strategy to give young families the best start in supporting family health, stability and wellness.

  9. Support implementation of programming in state prisons and county jails to give justice involved families’ opportunities to parent and increase bond and involvement in their children’s lives.

MN Family Home Visiting
2022 Policy and Legislative Position Statements

About Family Home Visiting Services

Family Home Visiting: Reducing Risks & Improving Outcomes

MDH Legislative Report 

Updated September 2020

Advocacy Tool Kit

The Coalition is encouraging home visiting program to engage in “meet & greets” with their local elected officials and/or candidates this summer and fall. Summer and fall are the perfect time to introduce yourself and share information about your home visiting programs with your elected officials and candidates. All members in the House of Representatives are up for election this fall in Minnesota. Now is the time to share information about the importance, value and impact of working with families in high need. They appreciate meeting members in their community, and like knowing who they can go to with questions or concerns during the legislative session, or when making policy decisions.

 

The Coalition developed an Advocacy Tool Kit to help you prepare for your meetings with elected officials and/or candidates. Click here to access. If you are interested, but would feel more confident with some extra support, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Coalition Coordinator.

The Business Case for Home Visiting

Smart Investments That Support Children, Parents, and a Growing Economy Home Visiting Matters for Business Leaders. Home visiting programs help build the foundation for the healthy and productive workforce that businesses need. Decades of research have proven the potential of properly designed and implemented home visiting programs to transform the lives of at-risk expectant and new parents and their babies and to generate significant returns on taxpayer investments.

 

National Home Visiting Coalition Shared Vision Statement

The Home Visiting Coalition is a diverse group of organizations committed to the well-being of children, working to promote continued federal support of home visiting to strengthen families in communities across the country. The Coalition includes developers of family home visiting programs, advocacy organizations and philanthropic partners.

 

Reaching Families Where They Live

ZERO TO THREE Policy Center provides data, research, resources and policy recommendations for voluntary home visiting in a 6-page brief.

Policy Resources