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Virginia Supports Centralized Intake

Feb 9, 2016

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

Virginia supports centralized intake in four re¬gions with Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program funds. In some locations, the home visiting focus is augmented with an emphasis on behavioral health assessment and intervention. In these areas, a brief behavioral health high-risk screening tool is being woven into the home visiting centralized intake process. The assumption is that use of this tool will help to identify mothers in need of mental health, addiction, or domestic violence intervention services and, thus, promote collaboration and integration across home visiting, health, and mental health. Also of note is the fact that the state Medicaid agency reimburses med¬ical professionals for repeating the screen of either par¬ent in the obstetric, postpartum, and well-child visits.

Learn more about Virginia 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

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