ANNOTATION: Kansas is committed to ensuring that the highest risk families (as identified in the 2020 Kansas Home Visiting Statewide Needs Assessment, as those being population groups with low socioeconomic status, substance use, child maltreatment, crime and adverse perinatal outcomes) in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) communities continue to thrive within a coordinated system of home visiting and social supports. Our goals are to: deliver high quality evidence-based or promising approach home visiting program services with fidelity; Utilize MIECHV data, evaluation, and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approaches to effectively measure impact; Improve maternal, child, and family outcomes through targeted activities and system linkages; and develop and implement key training opportunities for KDHE and Local Implementation Agency (LIA) staff to improve their knowledge in home visiting.
Purpose: To reduce infant mortality, prevent child abuse and neglect, build and sustain strong families, achieve nurturing safe places for child development and improve school readiness, we must support and sustain high quality home visiting programs. These programs serve pregnant women and families with infants and young children birth to kindergarten entry while coordinating services within a comprehensive early childhood/maternal and child health system. Additional funding will be used to increase Central Intake and LIA awards to support the current workforce.
Goals and Objectives: To drive impact, Kansas has 4 goals and 16 objectives. The major goal is to: Deliver high quality evidence-based or promising approach home visiting program services with fidelity that effectively engages and retains a workforce to provide services to at-risk families. Kansas will be transitioning the Southeast Kansas Educational Center (Greenbush) LIA from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to the MIECHV base funding in year 2 of this funding cycle. Major objectives include: 1.2 Ensure program services are family-centered, individualized, and voluntary through monitoring visits with LIAs annually and 1.6 Begin onboarding new MIECHV communities as identified by the Readiness Assessment by September 29, 2025. All other goals and objectives are aligned to support and strengthen MIECHV services for children and their families.
Methodology: Kansas will continue delivering three Evidence Based Home Vising models (Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families, and Early Head Start) and one promising approach (Teams for Infants Exposed to Substances (TIES)) in the high-risk counties of Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Wyandotte. Services will be provided by 29 home visiting staff working 373 caseload slots in year one. Year two will include Greenbush and services will be provided by 35 home visiting staff working 456 caseload slots. At the end of quarter 2 of FY22, over 300 participant slots were filled. In this grant cycle, additional counties may be added to increase the service area in Southeast Kansas and Wyandotte county. Goals and objectives are designed to align with the Maternal, Child Health program, and the All in for Kansas Kids state plan. All MIECHV counties will continue to utilize the Integrated Referral and Intake System (IRIS) to ensure families receive the connections to community resources and supports.