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Pew Applauds Federal Grant Program Supporting State Expansion of Evidence-Based Home Visitation
Date:3/22/2010

Voluntary programs proven to reduce child abuse and neglect, infant health costs

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Schlitt, director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, a project of the Pew Center on the States, issued the following statement today, commenting on maternal and infant home visiting provisions included in Health Care Reform legislation as passed by the 111th United States Congress. The bill establishes a $1.5 billion federal grant program for evidence-based state home visitation for new and expectant families.

"States and communities have long-understood the value of voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs, yet often struggle to sustain and expand them. By taking this action, Congress makes good on its commitment to preventive services for Americans and affords an opportunity for states to expand home visiting programs to a greater number of eligible families.

"According to research conducted at RAND, public investment in these programs improves the quality of life for our youngest citizens and, over time, yields significant returns of up to $5.70 per dollar in reduced mental health and criminal justice costs, decrease
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