FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:
Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:
- WIC: All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance. The State Office will also be available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
- Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice.
- Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume.
- CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
- Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.
Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
SafeCare in an in-home parenting program. It is a voluntary and free program open to a variety of families with children ages 0-5. Trained home visitors work with you in your home to improve your skills in three of the following modules:
- Parent-infant interaction
- Parent-child interaction
- Home safety
Below is a list of elibibility requirements. You must meet at least one of the requirements in order to participate in the SafeCare program.
- Use of tobacco products in the home
- Families that include current or former members of the armed forces
- Child with developmental delays or disabilities
- Pregnant women under 21 years of age
- Low student achievement in the family (this is based on what you believe is low student achievement)
- Low income
- History of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment
- History of child neglect or interactions with child welfare
Each individual visit is structured to guide the home visitor in what skills to teach the family and how to do so in the most effective manner. There is an average of 18 sessions, which range from about 60 to 90 minutes each. Both the number and length of sessions can be shorter or longer to accomodate the family’s needs.
Families learn how to gain and maintain a bond with their children, as well as how to keep their children healthy and safe.
For more information contact: