healthy mother and child

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program was established to deliver high quality, evidence-based, voluntary early childhood home visitation services to ensure that more children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn and able to become productive members of society. The goals of the program are to collect, report and evaluate (through continuous quality improvement activities) information which will lead to: improvements in maternal and newborn health; reduction of child injuries, child abuse, neglect or maltreatment and reduction of emergency department visits; improvements in school readiness and achievement; reduction of domestic violence; improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and improvements in coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports for families. Ten counties considered most at risk have been identified through a Statewide Needs Assessment. The program provides expanded services to eligible pregnant women and families with children under age five at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty level, with highest risk factors affecting maternal and/or child health, and who reside in the counties served through the program. Home visitation services are currently being expanded through three existing evidence-based and one promising approach home visitation models: Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, Early Head Start Home Based Option and Nurses for Newborns. For information on the programs contact the Home Visiting Unit at 573-751-6266.

The ACA MIECHV program provides services in: Pemiscot, Dunklin, Butler, Ripley and Jasper counties, as well as St. Louis City.

Affordable Care Act - Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Service Provider locations and counties served:

The ACA MIECHV Program has a State Home Visiting Steering Committee that makes recommendations for implementation and functionality of the Programs, as well as provides the capacity to integrate the State’s Home Visiting Programs throughout both a local and state level early childhood system.