2020 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.
2020 Legislative Platform
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 MDH, DHS and/or MDE. Increase flexibility in the types of programs eligible to access state funding, and/or increase flexibility in eligibility of families receiving services to ensure racially, ethnically and geographically diverse programs and delivery systems are available to best meet the needs of families with complex needs. Continue to promote and support collaboration and coordination among service providers.
Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for home visits. Increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for Community Health Workers, health educators, and parent educators, who are trained to deliver their model of service, to support increased resources for home visiting services.
Medicaid reimbursement rates should set minimum reimbursement rates on prepaid medical assistance (e.g. HMOs) contracts for home visiting services.
Expand Medicaid reimbursement for home visits by trained or licensed professionals and paraprofessionals. Home visits are conducted by a number of professionals and paraprofessionals including community health workers, health educators, social workers, and doulas. Expanding reimbursement rates to include these additional professionals and paraprofessionals can help diversify the field of home visitors.
2020 Legislative Session Updates
March 6, 2020
February Budget & Economic Forecast
Minnesota’s February budget and economic forecast was released last week, and Minnesota economy generally looks stable. A budget surplus of $1.53 Billion is projected, which is $181 Million more than projected in November.
The Governor is expected to release the Administration’s Supplemental Budget later this week. Both Minnesota’s House and Senate are considering one-time funding proposals, along with tax and bonding bills
The House and Senate are expected to release their committee budget targets soon, and we are hearing both bodies expect to pass committee policy and budget bills – rather than rely on one large omnibus bill.
Once all of these are released, decisions will move quickly. Session must end May 18, 2020.
MCTHV Home Visiting Legislation
The Minnesota Targeted Home Visiting Coalition joined a number of early childhood advocates to support the House efforts to fund early childhood services with one time funding from the state's projected surplus. The House introduced a revised version HF 1, a bill funding home visiting, early learning opportunities, early learning workforce and support for Family, Friend and Neighbor Care.
Nedra Robinson of Simpson Housing Services testified on behalf of the Home Visiting Coalition on Feb 18th in the House Early Childhood Committee on Tuesday, Feb 18th. A special thank you for her quick response on such short notice!
The Coalition's next step is to secure a hearing for the Senate bill, SF 1438. You may recall, we spoke with Senator Benson early last session and she said she'd give us a hearing, but then our bill was sent to Senator Abeler's committee and we were unable to secure a hearing. We need to get hearing as soon as possible. We will need to offer a delete all amendment in order to ensure House and Senate language are the same.
Targeted Home Visiting: Reducing the Risks
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.
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.
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
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.
ZERO TO THREE Policy Center provides some data, research, resources and policy recommendations for voluntary home visiting in a 6-page brief.