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Initiative Name: 

Maryland Passes Home Visiting Legislation

State: 

MD

Category: 

Financing, Home Visiting, Accountability & Evaluation, Financing

Source Of Information: 

ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates

Status: 

Active

Year Started: 

2012

Description: 

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.

The Act also puts new accountability measures in place. Programs receiving state funds are required to submit regular reports to the Governor’s Office for Children describing how funds were spent, the number and demographic characteristics of individuals served, and the outcomes achieved by the home visiting program. The Governor’s Office for Children and the agencies of the Children’s Cabinet are tasked with developing a standardized reporting mechanism and monitoring the effectiveness of state-funded home visiting programs. They must also submit a report on the implementation and outcomes of state-funded home visiting programs to the Governor and Legislature on or before December 1, 2013 and every 2 years thereafter. The Home Visiting Accountability Act went into effect on July 1, 2012.

For more information on home visiting in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website at http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/mch/SitePages/home_visiting.aspx.

A copy of the Home Visiting Accountability Act can be downloaded at http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/chapters_noln/Ch_80_hb0699T.pdf.

Updated November 2013.

 
 

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