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

Last updated: April 2018

Training to Support Implementation

Requirements for Program Certification

MECSH is a licensed program of Western Sydney University under agreement with the University of New South Wales, Australia. Licensees are granted a three-year, nonexclusive, nontransferable license to implement the MECSH model subject to (1) payment of a support service fee for implementation support and (2) regular provision of data every three months demonstrating fidelity of model provision. After the first three years, the license may be renewed and no further fees are required subject to ongoing provision of data every three months demonstrating fidelity of model provision.

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Pre-Service Staff Training

Nurse home visitors and supervisors are required to receive training in the Family Partnership Model approach (or equivalent), which aims to help primary care health workers collaborate with families to address the psychological and social problems that commonly arise in all families; they also receive training in the Learning to Communicate curriculum.

Nurses, supervisors, and other program staff are also required to complete two modules of online training in the MECSH model before working in the program. Supervisors are trained in reflective clinical practice supervision techniques.

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In-Service Staff Training

Within six months of starting to work in the program, nurses and supervisors are required to complete six modules of online training and an in-person, two-day training.

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Training Materials

An online and in-person training program is available through the model developer.

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Qualified Trainers

MECSH includes an on-site visit, training, and online access to the model developer and consultants.

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Technical Assistance

MECSH support service includes technical assistance and support for fidelity monitoring.

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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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