The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition (BFHN) Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood (PIE) seeks proposals from qualified Early Intervention (EI) vendors to provide services to pregnant women, mothers, infants and their families through the Early Intervention Partnerships Program (EIPP).
EIPP provides services to pregnant and postpartum women with an identified maternal or infant risk factor and links them to services to mitigate poor health and development. Through a variety of interventions and strategies to foster continuity of care, EIPP works to address the complex physical, emotional, and environmental health needs of women up to one year after birth. EIPP provides home visiting and group services by a maternal child health (MCH) team that includes a MCH nurse, a mental health clinical professional, and a community health worker (CHW). In addition, appropriate connections with nutrition and lactation consultant services are assured.
EIPP provides maternal and infant health assessment and monitoring; health education and guidance; screening and appropriate referrals; and linkage with WIC and other resources. Programmatic performance measures and maternal and infant outcomes range from improved management of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, improved parenting skills, improved emotional health, increased rates of exclusive breastfeeding, increased attendance at postpartum visits, and improved nutrition. A maximum of ten EI catchment areas will be funded. Each selected vendor will receive two contracts.