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Louisiana Aims to Support Home Visiting Professionals

Feb 9, 2016

Resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

In Louisiana, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program funds supported the professional development of nurse home visitors. Early on, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program leaders recognized that their clients were likely to have a number of stressors, including maternal and infant mental health issues, which could interfere with parenting and the parent“child relationship. Unfortunately, there were no mental health services for children younger than 5 years old and very few services for pregnant women. As a result, a 30-hour training in infant mental health is now offered to all nurse home visitors. In addition, state administrators added a half-time licensed mental health professional to each home visiting team. The mental health specialists provide direct services to clients, and they also provide education, support, and guidance to the home visitors. Working hand-in-hand, the infant mental health specialist and nurse home visitor are now better able to meet the mental health needs of very young children and their parents who are served by home-visiting programs.

Learn more about Louisiana and how other states are using MIECHV funds to strengthen their early childhood systems in ZERO TO THREEs paper, The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children found at http://www.zerotothree.org/policy/homevisiting/docs/ztt-homevisiting_final.pdf

Update January 2016.

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