Healthy Families is a home visitation program with activities that promote positive parent-child interaction and healthy childhood growth and development. Family functioning is enhanced by building trusting relationships, teaching problem-solving skills and improving the family’s support system. Lincoln Hills Development Corporation manages the Healthy Families programs in six counties – Gibson, Knox, Orange, Perry, Pike and Posey.
The Healthy Families Program served 307 families during 2017 by providing home visiting services to young children and their families. Services are made available prenatally to women and to children from birth through age 3. Staff completed 2,784 home visits during 2017.
Two hundred nine (209) assessments were completed to determine family needs and eligibility. Three hundred nineteen (319) screens were completed on target children with twenty-five (25) children referred to First Steps for therapy for developmental delays.
Families in the program continue to successfully reach a variety of goals they have established. The successes include: entering college, attending domestic violence counseling, obtaining a GED, buying a home, obtaining a driver’s license, being self-sufficient in accessing community resources, positive changes in attitudes regarding nurturing and bonding with children, obtaining full-time employment, following through on the goal-setting process, positive advance in parent/child interaction and developing skills concerning child safety.
In December 2017, LHDC completed its first year of operation for the Covering Kids and Families program. The Outreach & Enrollment Specialist positions were responsible for services to uninsured or underinsured individuals regarding enrollment in Medicaid, HIP, Hoosier Healthwise, and the Marketplace insurance options. Staff was hired and licensed as Indiana Navigators through the Indiana Department of Insurance. 272 outreach activities were completed and 142 individuals were assisted in the application process for health insurance in Spencer, Perry, Crawford, Orange and Harrison Counties.
The Healthy Families program provides home visiting services to young children and their families in Knox, Orange and Perry Counties. Services are available to children at birth through age 3; some services are available for pre-natal mothers. The home visitation program promotes positive parent-child interaction and healthy childhood growth and development. Family functioning is enhanced by building trusting relationships, teaching problem-solving skills and improving the family’s support system.
For information about receiving services, call:
Gibson-Pike-Posey Healthy Families Office, 812-386-9283
Knox County Healthy Families Office, 812-887-1476
Orange County Healthy Families Office, 812-723-3910
Perry County Healthy Families Office, 812-547-3435, extension 259