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Texas Home Visiting Program

Overview

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is overseeing the Texas Home Visiting Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant . Through this grant, the state is expecting to receive federal funding over the next five years. The purpose of the funding is to support the development and implementation of home visiting programs in communities across Texas and contribute to the development of a comprehensive early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, and development, and strong parent-child relationships in these communities.

The Texas Home Visiting Program will help Texas children will reach their full potential in nurturing family and community environments. The program helps provide access to a coordinated system of care for pregnant women, young children, and their families, parents in targeted communities. Key five-year program objectives include: 

  • Improve maternal and newborn health among program participants.
  • Improve the prevention of child injuries and reduction in child maltreatment among program participants.
  • Improve school readiness and academic achievement among program participants.
  • Reduce domestic violence among program participants.
  • Improve family self-sufficiency among program participants.
  • Increase coordination and referrals for community resources and supports for families within the select communities.

The following areas were selected to participate in the program based on needs assessments: Cherokee County, Dallas County, Ector County, Gregg County, Nueces County, Potter County, and the lower Rio Grande Valley including Hidalgo and Willacy counties. 

Home Visiting Program Models

Federal guidelines require states to use at least 75 percent of the funds on evidence-based home visiting program models. HHSC selected the following evidence-based models during the first year of implementation due to their strong national and state-level infrastructure in Texas: Early Head Start-Home-Based Option (EHS), Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), and Parents as Teachers (PAT).  Beyond their state and national infrastructure support, these models were selected because they address a wide-range of mother, child and family needs.

The following models were selected to operate in the corresponding counties:

  • Cherokee County: HIPPY and PAT
  • Dallas County: EHS (expansion only), HIPPY and PAT
  • Ector County: HIPPY, NFP and PAT
  • Gregg County: HIPPY, NFP and PAT
  • Nueces County: EHS (expansion only), HIPPY, NFP and PAT
  • Potter County: EHS (expansion only), HIPPY, NFP and PAT
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley (Willacy and Hidalgo counties): HIPPY, NFP and PAT

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Mary Riggs, Office of Program Coordination for Children and Youth, Health and Human Services Commission at mary.riggs@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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