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Learn More About Home Visiting

If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, or funder and would like to go on a ride-along of a home visiting program in your area or request a presentation to learn more about home visiting, please contact Sophie Phillips at [email protected]

Recent History of Family Support Home Visiting in Texas

2006 >>> Nurse-Family Partnership piloted in Dallas serving 100 families with private funding at the YWCA in Dallas (now WiNGS)
2007 >>> Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Legislation – SB 156 by Senator Florence Shapiro and Representative Jerry Madden
Implemented NFP in Texas to 11 new sites; secured $7.9 to serve 900 families
2009 >>> Legislature doubled investment in NFP to serve approximately 2,000 families - $17.8 million
2011 >>> Texas receives (HHSC) first federal funding for home visiting (MIECHV). The MIECHV dollars in Texas are now implemented by DFPS and support three programs: Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. The Legislature also renewed investment in NFP - $17.75 million.
2013 >>> Texas Home Visiting Legislation – SB 426 Home Visiting Accountability and Expansion Act by Senator Nelson, West, Deuell and Representative Zerwas
Ensures HV programs set clear standards and that they are accountable for their outcomes, implemented with fidelity to the research model, and evaluated
Ensures least 75% of state revenues invested in home visiting are directed toward evidence-based programs, and allows up to 25% of the funds to be invested in Promising Practices
$7.9 million was secured for the Texas Home Visiting Program
* SB 1836 established the Texas Home Visiting Program Trust Fund providing voluntary donations on copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees and initial marriage license applications to fund the Texas Home Visiting Program
2014 >>> Comprehensive Texas Home Visiting Program infrastructure established at HHSC (now implemented at DFPS)
2015 >>> Legislature increases investment in THVP and NFP to reach an additional 1,200 at-risk children

 

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