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Implementing Minding the Baby®

Meets HHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2018

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Type of Implementing Agency

MTB is being implemented by university partnerships, community health centers, and nonprofit human services agencies.

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Staffing Requirements

Home visitors are nurses or mental health professionals. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the intervention, two supervisors (one nurse and one mental health professional) are assigned to each team of two home visitors. Other program 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 an active registered nurse license, and at least one year of practice in pediatrics or family care, or an equivalent combination of experience and education. An advanced practice registered nurse licensure (or eligibility) is preferred. Mental health home visitors must have a master’s degree in social work or similar mental health field 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. Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) are preferred.

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

Each MTB home visitor should receive one hour of one-on-one supervision specific to his or her discipline (nursing or mental health) on a weekly or biweekly basis; one hour of interdisciplinary supervision with a home visitor pair and their supervisor per week; and a one-hour team meeting 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 typical full-time caseload for an MTB home visiting 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 MTB National Office for evaluation and fidelity purposes. MTB National Office staff 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 April 2018. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Crista Marchesseault, Lois Sadler, and Arietta Slade with the Minding the Baby® National Office at Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Nursing on January 16, 2018. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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