A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released today to establish new home visiting programs in at least four unserved high-need communities as part of the Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative (MIECHV). Eligible applicants include: governmental agencies, and non-profit and for-profit organizations operating in the state, including Healthy Start and other community coalitions; child development, prevention and related agencies; hospitals; Rural Health Networks; Federal Healthy Start programs; Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community-Based Care agencies.
Funding will be awarded for up to two years to implement one of three evidence-based home visiting models: the Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families Florida and Parents as Teachers. Approximately 400 additional families will be served by the new sites. A 2011 needs assessment identified 29 high-need communities in the state. Evidence-based home visiting programs are currently implemented in 16 of these areas with MIECHV funding. Only unserved communities are eligible to apply for funding. One application will be accepted for each high-need area.
Letters of intent are due June 17, 2015. A technical assistance webinar will be held on June 10, 2015. Applications are due on July 24, 2015. Funding will be available October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017.