Implementing Family Connects Meets HHS Criteria

Implementation last updated: 2020

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Prerequisites for implementation

Type of implementing program

An implementing agency must be a community-based organization with a community leadership board and established relationships with all relevant service organizations in the community to facilitate a family’s awareness of and access to formal social supports. Examples of implementing agencies include local nonprofit organizations, health departments, or health care providers.
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Staffing requirements

Staff include nurse home visitors, a nurse supervisor, a medical director, a data manager, and a program support coordinator who recruits families in the hospital, schedules visits, and conducts follow-up calls. Family Connects International also requires that program sites include a community alignment specialist to identify community resources and align the program with those resources. Family Connects International recommends but does not require that sites include a program director to provide administrative oversight and program management.

Sites must incorporate consultation or support from the local department of social services. Family Connects International encourages consultation from a mental health professional.

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Staff education and experience

Nurse home visitors and nurse supervisors must be registered nurses with an active license in their state. Family Connects International recommends but does not require that nurse home visitors and data managers hold a bachelor’s degree and that nurse supervisors and program directors (if applicable) hold a master’s degree. Community alignment specialists must hold a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s degree is preferred, and program support coordinators must hold a high school diploma, although a bachelor’s degree is preferred.

The medical director must have a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine in pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology (OBGYN), family medicine, or psychiatry and expertise in OBGYN/midwifery, infant or maternal mental/behavioral health, and/or pediatrics. The medical director must collaborate with specialists in those areas outside his/her area(s) of expertise.

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Supervision requirements

Nurse supervisors meet with nurse home visitors weekly for case review and supervision. Family Connects International recommends a ratio of one supervisor for four to eight home visitors.
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Staff ratio requirements

Family Connects International recommends nurse caseloads of six to eight new cases per week, depending on the community’s birth rate. Nurses also keep space in their schedules to conduct follow-up visits or calls with families visited in past weeks, as needed.
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Data systems/technology requirements

To collect and monitor clients’ health data, program sites must use the Family Connects database, composed of a nurse database and post-visit database (described under Service Delivery Forms). Computers or tablets that access the database must use encryption software that is compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations. The database must be stored on a HIPAA-compliant server designed to house electronic protected health information.

Other computer software may include MySQL, Symantec End Point Protection, Symantec/PGP encryption, Cisco Any Connect VPN (virtual private network), printers, and commonly used applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat products.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2020. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Family Connects International on February 25, 2020. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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