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The Enhanced Home Visitation Project

Award Information

Award #
2010-JW-FX-K011
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $250,000)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Safe Start Promising Approaches project supports the development and study of the practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. The eight continuation projects serve as the practice pilots for a multi-site national evaluation using experimental and quasi-experimental research design to test the effectiveness of new approaches to improve outcomes for children exposed to violence in real world community-based settings. The national evaluation is being conducted by RAND and supported through OJJDP research funding. The project helps communities implement collaborative and evidence-based practices across the service continuum.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia is testing the integration of a trauma specific treatment model, S.E.L.F in an existing home based Early Head Start Program in Philadelphia. S.E.L.F, an acronym for Safety, Emotions, Loss and Future, is a 24 module psycho-educational curriculum that is a component of the Sanctuary model developed by Sandra Bloom, MD. Originally designed to be delivered in group formats, the Enhanced Home Visitation Project is adapting the S.E.L.F.model to be used as an individual, home-based intervention.

The goals of the Enhanced Home Visiting Program are to: 1) reduce the incidence and impact of children's exposure to violence; and 2) increase the protective factors afforded to children by strengthening primary caregivers' ability to provide safe, stable, nurturing relationships.
The grant comes out of DOJ's Safe Start Promising Approaches initiative. The Safe Start Projects further DOJ's mission by developing and supporting practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities.
Specifically, Enhanced Home Visiting Program aims to break the cycle of intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence by embedding maternal trauma screening and intervention in a home based Early Head Start program. Over the course of four years, the Project aims to provide the S.E.L.F intervention to 192 families and they will be compared to a control group. Additionally, the Enhanced Home Visiting Program will build capacity to provide a continuum of trauma informed services to the families it serves by offering skills based training and consultation to its program staff and community partners regarding trauma informed policies and practices.
As part of the Project, the Health Federation of Philadelphia is participating in a cross-site rigorous evaluation using quantitative and qualitative measures that has designed and is being conducted by the RAND Corporation. The evaluations will seek to determine if Project results in reductions in caregiver trauma symptoms and increases parenting capacities.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 11, 2013