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Rhode Island Passes Home Visiting Act

Sep 20, 2016

With unanimous support from both legislative bodies, Rhode Island passed the Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act codifying key parts of the state’s home visiting system into law.

The Act calls for the Department of Health (DOH) to operate a statewide home visiting system that employs evidence-based models proven to improve child and family outcomes. Although DOH will run the system, the department is required to work with other state agencies to identify evidence-based models and coordinate services. The Act also calls on DOH to implement a system to identify and refer families to home visiting programs. Families with specific risk factors, such as history of prenatal drug or alcohol abuse, insufficient financial resources to meet family needs, and adolescent parents, will be prioritized for services. Beginning this fall, DOH will issue an annual report on the status of the home visiting system that will be used for continuous quality improvement. Read the bill here.

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