Home Visiting Models

Healthy USA Healthy Families America (HFA) - is an evidence-based nationally recognized home visiting program model focused on increasing protective factors in families. The goals of the program include promoting healthy child development and the positive parent-child relationships. It is the primary home visiting model designed to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Services are voluntary and offered through weekly home visits during the prenatal months and until the baby turns 5 years old.

Serves: Prenatal up to age five years of age with no income/insurance requirements

Counties: Cabell, Wayne, Mason, and some of Lincoln

Contact: Team for WV Children
Post Office Box 1653
Huntington, WV 25717
Michelle Comer
Phone: (304) 523-9587 x 309

MIHOW MIHOW was developed in 1982 by the Center for Health Services at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. The New River Health Association, Inc. has hosted the MIHOW Program in West Virginia since 1978. MIHOW is a community-based home visiting program that focuses on improving family health, positive birth outcomes, early childhood development and positive parenting practices. Services are offered in monthly home visits beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the child’s third year. Group opportunities from pregnancy until the child enters school are also available.

Serves: Prenatal up to age three years of age with no income/insurance requirements

Counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Mingo, Nicholas, Ohio, Raleigh

Contact: New River Health Association
RR 1, Box 298H
Fayetteville, WV 25480
Phone: (304) 393-4987
Marlene Spaulding

ABLE Families
Sister Pat Murray
P O Box 1429
Kermit, WV  25674

Parents as partners PAT, the nation’s largest evidenced-based home visiting program, began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project for first-time parents of newborns. The PAT programs in West Virginia utilize the four-part intervention model and accompanying curriculum known as Born to Learn to deliver free services through parent educators to all families with children, prenatal through age five. PAT helps parents understand their role in encouraging their child’s development right from birth, which prepares children.

Serves: Prenatal up to age five with no insurance/income requirements

Counties: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Clarksburg Mission, Clay, Doddridge, Grant, Greenbrier, Hancock, Kanawha, Lewis, Marshall, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison Jefferson, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster/parts of Fayette, Wetzel, and Wood

Contact: WVDHHR/Bureau for Children & Families
350 Capitol Street, Room 691
Charleston WV 25301
Contact: Rebecca Vlevins
Child Abuse Prevention/Early Intervention Specialist
Phone: (304) 558-3363 office 7980

RFTS Right From The Start Program (RFTS) Implemented in 1990, RFTS is a comprehensive statewide home visitation and targeted case management initiative for Medicaid eligible pregnant women and infants up to one year of age. The ultimate goals of the RFTS Program are to reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, improve infant outcomes and decrease infant mortality. Care coordination components include helping women engage in preventive health practices such as early comprehensive prenatal care, good nutrition and reducing the use of cigarettes, alcohol and other illegal substances. Components also include helping parents increase their knowledge of child development, offering parent education and facilitating access to community resources. The RFTS Program follows an evidence-based curricula with fidelity to ensure that home visiting is precisely replicated in all West Virginia communities, leading to improved outcomes for both mothers and children. Care Coordination is provided by a community based workforce of 180 registered nurses and licensed social workers established in all 55 counties. To ensure access to healthcare for low-income pregnant women in West Virginia, The Office of Maternal Child and Family Health Perinatal Programs also offers the Maternity Services Project. This initiative provides limited funding of prenatal, delivery, postpartum and routine newborn hospital care for those women who meet the following criteria: (1) WV residency; (2) Application denied for Medicaid coverage for pregnancy; (3) Gross income up to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level; and/or (4) No insurance or insurance that does not cover pregnancy. This also includes pregnant teens age 19 years and under regardless of family income and pregnant women who are non-citizens. Women who are eligible for Perinatal Programs Maternity Services are also eligible to receive home visitation care coordination services through RFTS.

Serves: Pregnant women and infants up to one year of age with a current Medicaid card or medical coverage through OMCFH.

Counties: All 55 Counties in West Virginia

Contact: WV Perinatal Programs
350 Capitol Street, Room 427
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-5388
Fax: (304) 558-7164
Tennysa Mace, Program Coordinator
Phone: (304) 356-4444
Fax: (304) 558-7164

WV Head Start Early Head Start/Head Start Programs
Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns three years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Early Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Additional information about Head Start and Early Head Start can be found at wvheadstart.org.

Serves: Prenatal up to age five with no insurance/income requirements
Contact: WV Head Start Collaboration Project
350 Capitol Street, Room B-18
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-4638
Janie Cole
Director, Division of ECE 
Phone: 304-356-4601 
Fax: 304-558-8800 
Email: Janie.M.Cole@wv.gov   
Website: http://www.wvheadstart.org/

WV Head Start Association
170 Chapel Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 233-4450
Becky Gooch-Erbacher
Executive Director

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