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May 14, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

DHHS Expands Home Visitation Program

Lincoln – Nebraska’s network of home visitation services to promote healthy child development is expanding, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

DHHS has issued five contracts for a total of $2,190,393 in the first year and $1.6 million in the second year to provide Home Visitation programs in 15 areas of the state: Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Lancaster, Madison, Merrick, Nancy, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne counties.

“We’re proud to have providers in place so Nebraskans can benefit from this important service,” said Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS. “Young children, especially those ages 0 to 5 years, are at a critical time in their lives to build healthy social, emotional, and cognitive developmental foundations that last a lifetime.”

Studies indicate that home visitation services result in better birth outcomes, enhanced parent and child interactions, early detection of developmental delays and a reduction in frequency and severity of maltreatment.

The DHHS Divisions of Children and Family Services and Medicaid/Long Term collaborated on the request for proposal and selected the following providers:

  • Visiting Nurses Association/Child Saving Institute in the Omaha area;

  • Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department/Cedars in the Lincoln area;

  • St. Francis Medical Center Home Care Services – Healthy Starts in Grand Island;

  • Goldenrod Hills Community Action, Inc. in northeast Nebraska; and

  • Visinet in Lancaster County.

Vivianne Chaumont, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, said their focus will be on home visitation services on a voluntary basis for at-risk families and Medicaid eligible pregnant and parenting teens, using evidence based/promising practice models.