Family health

New York: $11 million available to expand Family Health Program in every county

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that $11 million is available from the newly enacted state budget to expand and support the Healthy Families New York program.

Healthy Families New York is a proven, evidence-based preventative community outreach program that offers voluntary home visits to expectant parents and families with infants. The program, run by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services, aims to promote optimal prenatal care, better birth outcomes, improved parent-child bonding, maternal health, child health and educational success.

How will the funding be deployed?

A request for proposals has been issued with $9 million available to establish the Healthy Families New York program in every county in the state. An additional $2 million will help with training, setting up a data system to support the program, and additional technical assistance. A total of $9 million will be available each year from 2022 through 2025 to fund proposals for counties that do not yet have a Healthy Families New York program.

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When are proposals due?

Proposals are due no later than June 3, 2022. More information, including bidder notice, is available here.

The counties targeted are Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Lewis, Montgomery, Nassau, Onondaga, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Warren, Washington and Wyoming.

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What are state and local leaders saying?

“Healthy Families New York is a proven program that has helped strengthen families and improve the well-being of children in New York City,” Hochul said, according to a Press release from the governor’s office. “It is paramount that we continue to make smart investments in evidence-based programs that provide direct support to children and families when they need it most. This funding will expand the proven Healthy Families New York program to all counties, giving more young families the support they need to lead healthy lives and help their children thrive.

“For more than 20 years, the Schuyler Center has led a successful effort to bring attention and resources to home visiting for mothers, infants and young children. Evidence-based home visiting promises to help New York State address some of the toughest issues facing its children, including poverty, abuse, and education and health disparities. We commend Governor Hochul for recognizing the importance of this investment in New York’s children and families,” said Kate Breslin, president and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

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