Healthy Families America Cuts Need for Foster Care in Half

Healthy Families New York has 38 different programs state-wide geared towards helping new at-risk mothers. Sate officials credit these programs as the primary reason why newborn removal to foster care has plummeted in New York, even while those statistics are on the rise in other states. The New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), along with Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), and other voluntary programs have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into issues facing at-risk communities with infants and young children, such as infant safety at home, childhood literacy, family health, and more. These programs have provided aid very successfully to these communities over the past several years, and are hoping to expand even further in the coming years.

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Intake innovation increases efficiency for HFA

The faster people are able to receive help, and the shorter their wait time, the easier it is for them to get better. This statement is something that the directors of operation at Healthy Families America have taken to heart, and they have made HFA one of 6 members of the National Evidence-Based Home Visiting Model Alliance (NHVMA). This is a revolutionary change that makes their services accessible to more people faster than ever before, because they now utilize what is called a “c-intake” model. The c-intake model allows for either centralized intake, coordinated entry point for new users, and collaborative intake systems. All of these different intakes make the services provided more accessible to those who need them, and is a positive step towards providing home visitation to all those who need it.

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Or copy/paste – https://whyy.org/articles/this-innovative-intake-system-model-aims-to-shorten-wait-times-for-social-services/

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Arkansas Department of Health – Expanding Home Visiting

The Arkansas Department of Health recently received nearly 8 million dollars in federal funding to support home visitation, early childhood health and education programs state-wide, which can make a big difference for both parents and children. The Department of Health is implementing the Nurse-Family program across the state as well as partnering with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to carry out four other programs, including Healthy Families America, HIPPY, and Parents as Teachers. Last year, Arkansas’s MIECHV programs helped thousands of families, and with increased funding this year they hope to do even more.

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direct link: http://www.boonevilledemocrat.com/news/20181023/adh-gets-778-million-for-in-home-child-health-program/1

New – HFA Site Profile Report

We recently added the HFA Site Profile Report to the list of Admin reports for Healthy Families America programs.

Here are a few details about the report:

  • Reports data on primary guardians and the target child(ren)
  • The target child is defined as the first child enrolled OR the youngest child enrolled in the family if there is more than 1. In the case of twins, both would be reported.
  • The numbers reported are also links to a pop-up list of the individuals counted in that number
  • There is a feature at the top to “Export details to excel”. This will list all guardians with the target children that are included in the report along with the related data.

Filters:

  • Ready to view / Pending – This is a complex report which at times could take some time to calculate. This feature will allow you to run the report move on to other things and return to check when it’s ready to view
  • Run the report for Program or Home Visitors – Admins can either get the overall program numbers or can run a check of each home visitor’s data.
  • Date Range –¬†Filters for families that have received a PVR within the date range
  • Site/Fund Code – Will report families that are assigned the site that is selected and whether that code is current at the time of the report
  • MIECHV Target Child – If selected “Yes”, Will report the children marked as Target and their guardians. “No” will report all children and their guardians.

NEW: CHEERS Check-In Tool

The CHEERS Check-In Tool is scheduled to be released by the end of the week. Here is a quick look at the new assessment.

Located in the Guardian > Assessments section. Choose CHEERS Check-In from the Add New list.

  • Note: Not seeing CHEERS Check-In in your list? The Main Admin for your program can check in Setup to see if the tool is set to show. (see below for more details)

At the bottom, subscores are added up along with an overall Total. If the assessment is not complete, the scores will not be totaled. An “incomplete” indicator in red should help bring that to your attention in case a question was accidentally skipped. You will still be able to save your¬†entry as incomplete and come back to it later.

REPORTS

Go to Reports > Assessment Reports > CHEERS Check-In Tool where you can run 2 types of reports

  • Compliance report designed for Healthy Families America (HFA) Programs
  • Detail Export to give you the details of each assessment conducted

MAIN ADMIN SETUP

Manage Preferences for CHEERS Check-In and all other assessments in the Setup > Preferences section

  • Set only the assessments you are using to display
  • Set the default for the Next Due Date field. Reminders can be created for the Next Due Date.
    • THANK YOU KAREN W. FOR THE NEXT DUE DATE SUGGESTION!