The WHO: Background for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visiting (MIECHV) Program
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act authorized the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.
The program is designed:
1. To strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V;
2. To improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and
3. To identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities
MIECHV requires the selection of one or more approved, evidence-based program models to be implemented based on the needs of at-risk communities, while enabling states to utilize up to 25% of funding to apply promising practices where pre-existing models have been inadequate at meeting a community’s identified needs.
The WHAT: 10 Critical Data Collections Considerations for MIECHV
The following 10 Critical Data Collections Considerations for MIECHV are based on well over a decade of experience serving the human services industry, especially those high-performing organizations funded by competitive federal grant programs.
An organization that can demonstrate how effectively it provides Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visitation services will have a data collections system that not only possesses all of the following capabilities, but excels at delivering on them:
1) Capturing data at the point of service
2) Creating measures without programmer involvement
3) Supporting secured data sharing
4) Creating recommendations for referrals
5) Directing staff to impact outcomes (and demonstrating incremental success to staff)
6) Supporting CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement)
7) Incorporating external data-sets
8) Adapting to future requirements
9) Balancing implementation fidelity with local needs
10) Providing performance management and reporting tools at the individual staff level and at the state level
Collectively, attention to deploying a system with these 10 supports will enable your state to strengthen and improve programs and activities, improve coordination of services and improve outcomes for families in at-risk communities through an integrated and comprehensive approach.
The WHY: State and local human services agencies are already subsisting on limited budgets; so it’s clear that without grant funding, MIECHV programs would not be able to effectively improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs. However, MIECHV programs all over the country have been afforded the unprecedented opportunity to receive much-needed grant funding to support all that is necessary for these programs’ success.
Applying for MIECHV Funding
To complete an application for the release of home visiting grant funds, you must submit an Updated State Plan for a State Home Visiting Program. As you complete this plan, it will be critical to consider the role of technology in supporting not only the data collection (an explicit requirement) or the reporting capability, but the role that a comprehensive, integrated-technology solution could play in:
• supporting the larger vision for improving outcomes
• creating an integrated service delivery environment
• enabling effective Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Well-intentioned states and vendors may naturally focus on whether a particular database has accounted for each of the required benchmarks; however, such an approach is likely to short circuit the intent of the program design. This can also result in a system that becomes a barrier to effective program delivery in an integrated service environment. Too often system limitations limit an organization’s ability to impact at-risk communities.
The HOW: You can learn more about the MIECHV program and get some free advice for creating your Updated Plan for a State Home Visiting Program at our free MIECHV Data Collection Demo tomorrow, Thursday, May 5th!
Social Solutions will host an informational webinar reviewing MIECHV (Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program) requirements, which will also demonstrate our software and illustrate how your state and local communities can benefit by utilizing Efforts to Outcomes (ETO™) software.
Register Today! The demo will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 @1:30 PM EST Click here to Register!
If you have questions about the webinar or about how Social Solutions can assist you with completing any MIECHV requirements, feel free to call or email me:
GM, Public Sector
Learn more about the 10 Critical Data Collections Considerations at tomorrow’s MIECHV demo.