MIECHV Program

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grant program was developed as a national early intervention strategy, designed to help at-risk mothers and families provide for their infants and children within healthy and nurturing home environments.   In FY 2010, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $91 million in formula-based grants to each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Georgia Department of Human Services–Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) is designated as the lead agency to administer the MIECHV Grant program for Georgia.  The overall goal of Georgia’s MIECHV Program is to improve child and family outcomes in Georgia by implementing evidence-based home visiting as a major service strategy within Great Start Georgia. This program is designed to: (1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V funding; (2) expand and improve the coordination of services within at-risk communities; and (3) provide evidence-based home visiting services to those families who are most in need of support in providing safe, nurturing environments for children. 

The MIECHV program supports home visiting services to vulnerable children and their families in 50 states, six territories and numerous tribal communities– helping them to achieve better outcomes in child health and development, school readiness and economic self-sufficiency. Early Head Start-Home Based Option, Healthy Families Georgia, Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as teachers are the evidence-based home visiting programs in Georgia that are funded by MIECHV under Great Start Georgia.  In 2015, Georgia awarded $9.3 million to expand the state's MIECHV program

Click here to learn how MIECHV in Georgia demonstrated improvement in all six federal benchmarks in 2014.

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which extends level funding for the MIECHV program – providing $400 million per year for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 for states to expand evidence-based home visiting programs.  The U.S. House of Representatives previously approved the legislation on March 26, 2015.  President Barack Obama is now expected to sign the bill into law.

Extension of this dedicated federal funding stream for evidence-based home visiting services is a recognition by Congress and the White House that early childhood is a priority and that home visiting is a critical tool in reaching families and children.

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program National Fact Sheet provides a background, overview and notable achievements of the MIECHV program.

To learn more about the details of Georgia's MIECHV program, visit the links provided below.

MIECHV State Plan

MIECHV Program Logic Model

MIECHV Continuous Quality Improvement Plan