The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs all across the county, in our urban, rural and tribal communities, including in Utah. As part of MIECHV programs in Utah, hundreds of at-risk families each year are connected with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers and educators. These home visiting programs put families on the path to good health, educational success and economic sufficiency – boosting our communities for the good of everyone.
Utah is currently spending its LAST disbursement of federal MIECHV (the acronym is pronounced “mick-vee”) funding. Without the security of a reauthorization SOON, Utah home visiting programs will be in jeopardy. We don’t want to risk leaving families without the support that is keeping them on a positive path. We also want to give our great home visiting staff in Utah the security of knowing they won’t be losing their jobs next year due to Congress’s inaction.
Funded by MIECHV dollars from the federal government, Utah’s home visiting programs produce proven results for at-risk families. But these successful programs can’t plan ahead if they don’t know whether they will have funding next year.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to reauthorize the MIECHV program. The U.S. Senate is considering a re-authorization right now.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your U.S. Senators today and ask them to fund MIECHV now – without any complicated state match requirements, and for at least two years.
When those among us who struggle most and have the least are supported by programs like home visiting, the entire community succeeds! Call your Senators today and ask them to “Renew MIECHV without delay!”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)