Maryland Passes Home Visiting Legislation
Financing, Home Visiting, Accountability & Evaluation, Financing
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On April 10, 2012, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed legislation ensuring state funds for home visiting services are directed toward home visiting programs that have evidence of effectiveness. The Home Visiting Accountability Act requires that at least 75% of the state’s home visiting funds be spent on evidence-based home visiting programs and allows up to 25% to be spent on programs utilizing a promising approach. “Evidence-based” and “promising approach” are defined as meeting the criteria set out by the federal Department of Health and Human Services for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.