Implementing Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
Implementation last updated: 2019
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Prerequisites for implementation
Type of implementing program
The MIHP team is composed of a registered nurse and licensed social worker. MIHP providers must also employ or have a network of infant mental health specialists, board-certified lactation consultants, or registered dietitians to whom they can refer families, as needed.
An MIHP program coordinator oversees each provider’s MIHP program. MDHHS does not have supervision requirements for MIHP programs.
Staff education and experience
Infant mental health specialists must have (1) a current license as a psychologist, master social worker, or professional counselor; (2) an Infant Mental Health Endorsement and demonstrated competency at the Infant Mental Health Specialist level; and (3) at least one year of experience in an infant health program.
Lactation consultants must have a current license as a registered nurse or social worker, credentials from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, and a valid and current International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification.
Dietitians must have (1) a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on nutrition, or a master’s degree in human nutrition, or (2) a bachelor’s degree and registration as a dietitian (RD), or a bachelor’s degree and RD-eligible with examination pending in six months or less, and (3) at least one year of experience providing community health, pediatric, maternal, or infant nutrition services.
Each MIHP provider independently determines the level of administrative, clinical, and supportive supervision for home visiting staff. Reflective supervision, although not required, is recommended. MDHHS can provide technical assistance to local providers on how to supervise staff. MDHHS also provides guidance and training on reflective supervision.
MIHP does not require a specific ratio of supervisors to home visitors.
No information is available on the recommended frequency of supervision.
Staff ratio requirements
Data systems/technology requirements
The information contained on this page was last updated in August 2019. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the MDHHS MIHP staff on April 15, 2019. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.