The first steps have been taken towards having a centralized intake and referral system for mothers and babies in Duval County, with the launch this month of a new Coordinated Intake and Referral grant.
The Healthy Start Coalition is leading the initiative to develop the intake system based on the state Healthy Start prenatal and infant screening process. Coordinated intake and referral is a community-based system for identifying at-risk families and connecting them to services that best meet their preferences and needs.
Funding was received from the Florida Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Central Intake and Referral Action Learning Collaborative Project to fully develop the system.
Through this grant, the Coalition will facilitate a local team that includes the local Department of Health, Healthy Families, Federal Healthy Start (Magnolia Project), Early Head Start, the local MIECHV-funded project (Nurse-Family Partnership), Early Steps, consumers and other care coordination, education and support programs. Project staff and the team will develop and test tools and processes and obtain input and feedback from all local home visitation programs.