Legislative budget committee vote on September 7 for federal home visiting dollars

The state Legislative Budget Committee is scheduled to meet on September 7 to reconsider its refusal to accept federal home visiting dollars. The Governor’s Office resubmitted an authorization request after learning that Florida would not be eligible to apply for $100 million in Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Funding if it turned down the money. Lawmakers refused this funding during the last session because it is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Jacksonville-Duval County was one of five areas in the state selected to receive the first round of home visiting dollars. The funding would support the implementation of a Nurse-Family Partnershipprogram to serve high-risk, first-time mothers in the New Town Success Zone and two other neighborhoods. Services would be provided by a team of specially-trained nurses from Shands Jacksonville and the Duval County Health Department.

Jacksonville State Senator Steve Wise currently serves on the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee which will reconsider the authorization request.