On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors authorized the Department of Human Assistance
to execute an agreement with First 5 Sacramento Commission
(First 5) in the amount of $4,800,000 for the coordination, oversight and monitoring of the CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative Program.
Program implementation will begin on Jan. 1, 2019 and runs through Jun. 30, 2020.
The purpose of the CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative
(HVI) is to support positive health, development, and well-being outcomes for pregnant and parenting women, families, and infants born into poverty, expanding their future educational, economic, and financial opportunities, and improving the likelihood that they will exit poverty.
Combining home visits with CalWORKs provides an opportunity to connect parents with necessary professional resources to assist in improving their parenting skills and household order, and ensuring that their children have a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to thrive and grow.
New parents and caretakers receiving CalWORKs will be paired with student nurses and other trained professionals who will make regular visits to the participants’ homes to provide guidance, coaching, access to prenatal and postnatal care, and other health and social services.
“We are thrilled to award this program funding to First 5. They will get the HVI program off the ground and running,” said Ann Edwards, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. “Providing mothers and their unborn and young children care and resources is our number one priority. These services will set them up for success and a positive life outcome.”