Implementing SafeCare®

Entries in this row combine information across all versions of SafeCare. Only SafeCare Augmented meets HHS criteria for an evidence-based home visiting model. For SafeCare itself, there are no manuscripts about high- or moderate-quality impact studies. Some other versions of SafeCare have at least one such manuscripts. Planned Activities Training (a SafeCare module) and Cellular Phone Enhanced Planned Activities Training (a SafeCare module with an add-on) show evidence of effectiveness.

Implementation last updated: 2020

The information in this profile reflects feedback, if provided, from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model(s) here may differ from how the model(s) was implemented in the research reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the HHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness. Similarly, models described here may not all have impact studies, and those with impact studies may vary in their effectiveness. Please see the Effectiveness button on the left for more information about research on the effectiveness of the models discussed here.

Estimated costs of implementation

Average cost per family

According to NSTRC, the average cost of implementing SafeCare is $2,275 (in 2015 dollars) per family. That estimate includes the costs of (1) compensation for providers, coaches, and administrative support staff; (2) office space; (3) operating expenses (such as technology, equipment, office supplies, insurance, and continuing education); (4) training conducted by NSTRC; and (5) variable costs of SafeCare per family (such as materials, handouts, supplies for home safety).
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Labor costs

See Average Cost per Family. A separate estimate of the cost of personnel time is not available.
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Purchase of model or operating license

Currently, NSTRC does not require sites to purchase an operating license. However, local implementing agencies are required to pay an initial accreditation fee of $500 (in 2020 dollars) and an annual reaccreditation fee of $1,000.
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Cost of materials and forms

At SafeCare workshops, providers and coaches receive a full set of SafeCare materials and permission to reproduce them. They also receive a no-choke tube, measuring tape, and a shoulder bag to carry their materials. Additional materials required to support implementation include costs associated with photocopying manuals, estimated at $5 to $10 (in 2020 dollars) per family. Providers may also need to purchase safety latches, toys, screwdrivers, and thermometers.
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Cost of training and technical assistance

For new local implementing agencies, the average cost of the provider workshop is $1,260 per participant (in 2020 dollars). The average cost of implementation support and provider certification is $2,700 per participant (in 2020 dollars). Travel fees are not included in those costs because they depend on the implementing agency’s location. The cost of SafeCare training varies according to the number of individuals trained and what level of training (provider, coach, trainer) is desired. NSTRC provides customized quotes for organizations interested in SafeCare training.
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Infrastructure costs

There is a one-time $10 per provider fee to access the SafeCare Portal.
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Recruitment and retention costs

No information is available about the costs of recruiting and retaining families. NSTRC collaborates with implementing agencies to design marketing materials and recommend strategies to recruit and retain families.
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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in June 2020. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the National SafeCare Training and Research Center on February 21, 2020. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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