2019 Policy Goals

Goal 1:   Increase resources for quality targeted home visiting programs and  services

Goal 2:   Build a strong infrastructure to support quality targeted home visiting programs and services

2019 Legislative Platform

  1. Increase flexibility and access to targeted home visiting programs.  Increase flexibility in the types of home visiting programs eligible to apply for home visiting funding at Minnesota Department of Health. Increase flexibility in the types of programs eligible to access state funding to ensure racially, ethnically and geographically diverse programs and delivery systems are available to best meet the needs of families with complex needs.

  2.  Increase funding for home visiting services for families living in poverty (up to 185% of poverty). The Coalition seeks new investments to serve an additional 2,856 over the next two biennium. An additional $23 million in 2020, $41.6 million in 2021 and $56.5 million in the base beginning 2022. Communities will provide Targeted Home Visiting services through collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of vulnerable families and young children.

  3.  Protect investments to home visiting programs and services to ensure services are available to all eligible families in need.

Policy Resources

Legislative Updates

2019 Legislative Session 

December 27, 2018

 

Governor-elect Waltz and Lt. Governor-elect Flanagan are sworn into office January 7, 2019. The 2019 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin January 8, 2019. Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a divided government in 2019. The Minnesota Senate is led by the Republican party and the Minnesota House of Representatives is led by the Democratic party. Senator Paul Gazelka will retain his position asSenate Majority Leader and Rep. Melissa Hortman will be Speaker of the House (only the third woman in MN to hold this position).

 

House of Representatives Committee Assignments

A list of 2019 Committee Chairs can be found here and full committee assignments can be found here. Some key committee chairs include:

  • Rep. Tina Liebling, Chair of Health and Human Services Finance

  • Rep. Rina Moran, Chair of the Health and Human Services Policy

  • Rep. Dave Pinto, Chair of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood Policy & Finance (this new committee will report up through BOTH the HHS committee and Education Committee)

  • Rep. Jim Davnie, Chair of Education Finance

  • Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Chair of Education Policy

 

Senate Committee Assignments

A list of the Senate’s 2019 committee assignments and chairs can be found here. The Senate created a new committee, Family Care and Aging Committee, which will be chaired by Sen. Karin Housley. Other key committee chairs include:

  • Sen. Michelle Benson, Chair of Health & Human Services Finance & Policy

  • Sen. Jim Abler, Chair of the Human Services Reform Finance & Policy

  • Sen. Carla Nelson, Chair of E-12 Finance & Policy

  • Sen. Jon Pratt, Chair of Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy

Advocacy Tool Kit
The Coalition is encouraging home visiting program to engage in “meet & greets” with their local elected officials and/or candidates this summer and fall. Summer and fall are the perfect time to introduce yourself and share information about your home visiting programs with your elected officials and candidates. All members in the House of Representatives are up for election this fall in Minnesota. Now is the time to share information about the importance, value and impact of working with families in high need. They appreciate meeting members in their community, and like knowing who they can go to with questions or concerns during the legislative session, or when making policy decisions.

 

The Coalition developed an Advocacy Tool Kit to help you prepare for your meetings with elected officials and/or candidates. Click here to access. If you are interested, but would feel more confident with some extra support, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Coalition Coordinator.

The Business Case for Home Visiting
Smart Investments That Support Children, Parents, and a Growing Economy Home Visiting Matters for Business Leaders. Home visiting programs help build the foundation for the healthy and productive workforce that businesses need. Decades of research have proven the potential of properly designed and implemented home visiting programs to transform the lives of at-risk expectant and new parents and their babies and to generate significant returns on taxpayer investments.

 

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices
A new issue brief has been published, Maximizing the Impact of State Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs, that looks at how governors can better integrate home visiting programs into effective, comprehensive state early childhood systems. Strategies include: promoting shared accountability across state agencies, developing research-based quality standards and improving data linkages to track outcomes and better target services. Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices – March 8, 2011; NECTAC eNotes, March 18, 2011

 

National Home Visiting Programs’ Shared Vision Statement
The senior programming, advocacy and executive leadership of five of the leading national home visitation programs (Healthy Families America, HIPPY, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers and The Parent-Child Home Program) have developed a shared vision to nurture the healthy, secure development of our nation’s children and families.

 

Reaching Families Where They Live
ZERO TO THREE Policy Center provides some data, research, resources and policy recommendations for voluntary home visiting in a 6-page brief

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