Implementing Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting Program (MECSH) Meets HHS Criteria

Last updated: April 2018

Estimated Costs of Implementation

Average Cost per Family

The average cost per family for the full program is $6,435 (2018 AUD), or approximately $4,763 (2018 USD). This includes staff salaries and materials.

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Labor Costs

Salaries for nurses are $88,962 and salaries for social workers are $88,627 (2018 AUD), or approximately $65,842 and $65,594, respectively (2018 USD).

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Purchase of Model or Operating License

Initial licensing fees for support services range from $150,000 to $300,000 (2018 AUD), or approximately $111,017 to $222,034 (2018 USD), depending on the supports and training needed. A reduced fee can be negotiated for sites participating in research. A network license is available.

In addition to the licensing fee, the primary health care service agency must meet the costs for data systems, program materials, resources, equipment, vehicles, and accommodation for the home visiting team.

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Materials and Forms

The Learning to Communicate Parent Handbook, which each parent receives, costs $20 (2018 AUD), or approximately $15 (2018 USD).

The MECSH manual and Learning to Communicate manual, which each nurse and nurse coordinator receives, cost $60 combined (2018 AUD), or approximately $44 (2018 USD).

Licensed users can download manuals, and assessment, service delivery, and fidelity forms free of charge.

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Training and Technical Assistance

The costs of online and in-person training and technical assistance are included in the license’s support service fee.

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The primary health care service agency must meet the costs of providing data systems to track fidelity. The online fidelity reporting data system is included in the license’s support service fee.

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Recruitment and Retention

Clients are identified, assessed for eligibility, recruited, and retained through the routine care provided by universal maternal, child, and family health services systems.

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Implementation 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 Dr. Lynn Kemp at the Western Sydney University on January 8, 2018. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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