POLITICO Covers ASPR Clients
POLITICO, the widely read D.C. outlet, recently wrote about ASPR’ s efforts to help reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. http://politi.co/2ofmlK9
HOME VISITING SUPPORTERS PUSH FOR DOLLARS: Funding for the nation’s federal home visiting program aimed at helping at-risk families expires Sept. 30. The Trump administration’s current budget-cutting climate has program backers nervous, but they say they are hopeful the program that brings education and health support directly into parents’ homes will continue — and maybe even expand. That’s because it has long enjoyed bipartisan support. President George W. Bush’s administration helped jumpstart the program, which dramatically expanded under President Barack Obama. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady held up the program earlier this year as an example of reforms that “actually work” and said his committee will seek to advance programs like it.
— The program gets $400 million annually, and in 2015 was able to help 145,000 families. The Home Visiting Coalition, a group of organizations supporting the work, this week called on it to be reauthorized for five years with funding building to $800 million annually. President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint did not specify whether the administration supports the program, but program backers such as Diedra Henry-Spires, CEO of the Dalton Daley Group, who helped convene the briefing, said they feel positive about their chances. “We think this program can use a ramp up if anything,” Henry-Spires said.