Mike DeWine Proposes $90M For Home Visitation Programs

Mar 8, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine wants to more than double the funds for home visitation programs to help curb Ohio's dismal infant mortality rate and develop at-risk children's mental, physical, and behavioral health.

The report from DeWine’s home visitation committee recommends making race and ethnicity foundational elements in infant mortality efforts, creating a central point for the intake and data of these programs, and expanding eligibility for families. 

DeWine says he’ll put $50 million more into an existing home visitation program into his budget, which comes out next week.

And he’s also proposing a public-private partnership called Pay For Success, a pilot program to triple participation in home visitation. 

DeWine wants to put $40 million toward these programs, which he says are also essential in preparing at-risk children for school.

Home visitations help families of children from birth to kindergarten, with social workers and medical professionals looking out for the child’s mental, physical, and emotional health.