Menendez, Booker Announce Over $10 Million to Support New and Expecting Mothers

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services $10,476,077 for its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children.

“We know that when nurses, social workers and other professionals are involved in the lives of at-risk children through home visits during pregnancy and in the critical months after, that the outcomes in the areas of health, education, and economic self-sufficiency of for these children and their families is dramatically improved,” said Sen. Menendez, who is the Senate lead of the program. “That is why I am proud to advocate each year for this vital funding that supports women and children and provides them with the tools, resources and education to build strong families and healthy communities.”

“Home visits by nurses, social workers, and child development professionals improve the health and well-being of children and families,” said Sen. Booker. “I’m proud to fight for funding to make sure thousands of New Jersey families and children receive crucial support and resources to thrive.”

Through MIECHV, nurses, social workers, or other professionals visit at-risk families in their homes to evaluate their living situations and provide information on resources available to improve the health, educational, and economic opportunities for at-risk children. Resources include health care, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention, and nutrition education or assistance.

Sen. Menendez secured a provision in the American Rescue Plan that provided an additional $150 million for staffing and servicing for MIECHV programs across the country including $2,435,374 for New Jersey. The provision also includes expanded flexibility for program operators to use funding to purchase technology needed for virtual home visits, and emergency supplies such as formula, food, water, hand soap and sanitizer, diapers, and prepaid grocery cards.

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  1. Talk about a nanny state. Keep the politicians away from my kids. What’s the catch? Will this work for a frum family? At least until the election, maybe. Fund our existing services. Keep your woke people out of it. Just give us the money.

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