New Department of Human Services Policy Targets First-Time Mothers and Mothers of Children with Special Needs

The Wolf Administration announced this week that, under the guidance of the Department of Human Services (DHS), it is expanding home visiting supports to first-time mothers and mothers of children with special needs covered by Medicaid. The expansion, made possible in collaboration with physical health Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), will guarantee at least two home visits to new parents and families with children with additional risk factors across Pennsylvania, expanding access to evidence-based models that promote and support healthy child and family development. The home visiting expansion is effective Jan. 1, 2020 through the MCOs’ 2020 agreement. Read more.