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Implementing Minding the Baby®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

May 2016

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Type of Implementing Agency

In the United States, program developers at the Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Nursing jointly implement the program in collaboration with two community health centers in New Haven, Connecticut, and with Florida State University’s Young Parents Project in Miami, Florida. In the United Kingdom, the program is implemented through the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

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Staffing Requirements

Home visitors and supervisors are either pediatric nurse practitioners or LCSWs. MTB recommends assigning two supervisors (one nurse and one social worker) to each team of two home visitors. Other staff include full-time and/or part-time administrative and oversight staff, such as a program director, program supervisors, or coordinators.

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Staff Education and Experience

Nurse home visitors should have a master’s degree in nursing, an active registered nurse license, and at least one year of practice in pediatrics or family care. An advanced practice registered nurse licensure (or eligibility) is preferred. LCSW home visitors must have a master’s degree in social work and at least one year of work experience in a psychiatric care setting, including expertise in infant mental health (endorsement preferred), or the equivalent combination of experience and education. Supervisors must have a minimum of a master’s degree (a Ph.D. is preferred) in nursing, psychology, or a related field, and 5 to 10 years of work experience as a nurse or social worker with high-risk populations. The program director should have a master’s degree in a related discipline and at least two years of project management experience.

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Supervision Requirements

MTB recommends that each home visitor have the opportunity for one hour of one-on-one supervision specific to his or her discipline (nursing or social work) on a weekly or biweekly basis; one hour of interdisciplinary supervision with a home visitor pair and their supervisor per week; and one hour of group supervision with all home visitors and supervisors once per week.

One full-time supervisor in each discipline could supervise 15 to 20 home visitors. The recommended ratio of home visitors to supervisors depends upon the size of the program and the number of hours each supervisor works on the program.

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Staff Ratio Requirements

A full-time caseload for an MTB nurse and an LCSW team is about 22 to 24 families.

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Data Systems/Technology Requirements

Sites must submit certain process and evaluation data to the model developers. MTB developers work with each site to establish a process for submitting data. Sites can use MTB’s web-based data entry portal.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2016. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Crista Marchesseault and Lois Sadler with the Minding the Baby® program office at Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Nursing on March 28, 2016. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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