Senate Bill #324 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HOME-VISITING SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Directs the department of health to obtain an annual estimate of the number of children born to Rhode Island families who face significant risk factors known to impair child development.

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  • 2017 – S 0324
  • 2017 – S 0324 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HOME-VISITING SYSTEM COMPONENTS
  • Introduced By: Senators Miller, Goldin, Crowley, and Nesselbush
  • Date Introduced: February 16, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Health & Human Services
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 23-13.7-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-13.7 entitled "The Rhode Island Family Home-Visiting Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-13.7-2. Home-visiting system components.
  • (a) The Rhode Island department of health shall coordinate the system of early childhood home-visiting services in Rhode Island and shall work with the department of human services and department of children, youth and families to identify effective, evidence-based home-visiting models that meet the needs of vulnerable families with young children.
  • (b) The Rhode Island department of health shall implement a statewide home-visiting system which uses evidence-based models proven to improve child and family outcomes. Evidence-based home-visiting programs must follow with fidelity a program model with comprehensive standards that ensure high-quality service delivery, use research-based curricula, and have demonstrated significant positive outcomes in at least two (2) of the following areas:
  • (1) Improved prenatal, maternal, infant, or child health outcomes;
  • (2) Improved safety and reduced child maltreatment and injury;
  • (3) Improved family economic security and self-sufficiency;
  • (4) Enhanced early childhood development (social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical) to improve children's readiness to succeed in school.
  • (c) The Rhode Island department of health shall implement a system to identify and refer families prenatally, or as early after the birth of a child as possible, to voluntary, evidence-based home-visiting programs. The referral system shall prioritize families for services based on risk factors known to impair child development, including:
  • SECTION 1. Section 23-13.7-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-13.7 entitled "The Rhode Island Family Home-Visiting Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-13.7-2. Home-visiting system components.
  • (a) The Rhode Island department of health shall coordinate the system of early childhood home-visiting services in Rhode Island and shall work with the department of human services and department of children, youth and families to identify effective, evidence-based home-visiting models that meet the needs of vulnerable families with young children.
  • (b) The Rhode Island department of health shall implement a statewide home-visiting system which uses evidence-based models proven to improve child and family outcomes. Evidence-based home-visiting programs must follow with fidelity a program model with comprehensive standards that ensure high-quality service delivery, use research-based curricula, and have demonstrated significant positive outcomes in at least two (2) of the following areas:
  • (1) Improved prenatal, maternal, infant, or child health outcomes;
  • (2) Improved safety and reduced child maltreatment and injury;
  • (3) Improved family economic security and self-sufficiency;
  • (4) Enhanced early childhood development (social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical) to improve children's readiness to succeed in school.
  • (c) The Rhode Island department of health shall implement a system to identify and refer families prenatally, or as early after the birth of a child as possible, to voluntary, evidence-based home-visiting programs. The referral system shall prioritize families for services based on risk factors known to impair child development, including:
  • (1) Adolescent parent(s);
  • (2) History of prenatal drug or alcohol abuse;
  • (3) History of child maltreatment, domestic abuse, or other types of violence;
  • (4) Incarcerated parent(s);
  • (5) Reduced parental cognitive functioning or significant disability;
  • (6) Insufficient financial resources to meet family needs;
  • (7) History of homelessness; or
  • (8) Other risk factors as determined by the department.
  • (d) Beginning on or before October 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the Rhode Island department of health shall issue a state home-visiting report that outlines the components of the state's family home-visiting system which shall be made publicly available on the department's website. The report shall include:
  • (1) The number of families served by each evidence-based model; and
  • (2) Demographic data on families served; and
  • (3) Duration of participation of families; and
  • (4) Cross-departmental coordination; and
  • (5) Outcomes related to prenatal, maternal, infant and child health, child maltreatment, family economic security, and child development and school readiness.; and
  • (6) An annual estimate of the number of children born to Rhode Island families who face significant risk factors known to impair child development, and a plan including the fiscal costs and benefits to gradually expand access to the existing evidence-based family home-visiting programs in Rhode Island to all vulnerable families.
  • (e) The department of health shall receive sufficient state funding to combine with federal funds so that evidence-based home-visiting programs are offered to all of the state's pregnant and parenting teens and families with a history of involvement with the child welfare system.
  • (e) State appropriations for this purpose shall be combined with federal dollars to fund the expansion of evidence-based home-visiting programs, with the goal of offering the program to all the state's pregnant and parenting teens, families with a history of involvement with the child welfare system, and other vulnerable families.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HOME-VISITING SYSTEM COMPONENTS
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  • This act would direct the department of health to obtain an annual estimate of the number of children born to Rhode Island families who face significant risk factors known to impair child development.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001530 ========
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001530/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

April 27, 2017 at 5:04pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo NV
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

June 28, 2017 at 4:30pm
Yeas: 69 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 6 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey NV
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y