Eileen Salinsky, MBA, Consultant
With authorization for the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program set to expire in March 2015, Congress is examining how this investment of more than $1.5 billion in prenatal and early childhood services has improved the lives of U.S. families. MIECHV was created with the clear intent to promote the adoption of home visiting practices proven to be effective. At least 75 percent of funding is restricted to supporting service delivery models that have been demonstrated through rigorous research to result in positive outcomes. This Forum session reviewed the purpose of and requirements associated with MIECHV grants to states, examined how evidence of effectiveness has influenced the design and implementation of the program, and described how MIECHV funds have been used to expand and improve home visiting services at the state level.