Wednesday, November 16, 2011

State Developing Data System

The State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is implementing the federal “Maternal Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting” (MIECHV) Program. The state intends to contract with Home Visiting New Hampshire –Health Families America (HVNH-HFA) to implement the program.

HVNH-HFA an initiative of the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) received funding to implement MIECHV to help the diverse needs of children and families in communities. The plan is to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.

HVNH-HFA uses specialty trained visitors and nurses to regularly visiting pregnant women and their families in the home. They provide health and parenting education, information and referrals, and other support for the participants.

On November 7, 2011, RFP (2012-009) seeking a “Home Visiting Data System” was issued by the New Hampshire DHHS, Division of Public Health Services. The RFP is looking to procure secure, web-based, Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software or Software as a Service (SaaS) model to collect and manage the data and reporting requirements for this program. Proposals are due December 21, 2011.

The requirement is to develop a Home Visiting Data System to measure progress and report on:

• Participants and their outcomes

• DPHS performance measurements

• Measurements for MIECHV benchmark data constructs

• The data collected that is required for HFA home visiting model accreditation,

• The tools needed to provide for continuous quality improvement

• Future activities to streamline data collection across multiple home visiting and family service programs in the state

In future years, the goal for the state’s Home Visiting Data System is to meet the needs for multiple programs in the state to reduce the administrative burden for agencies. The data system in the future will need to have the capacity be able to track multiple programs that a family might need, including multiple individualized Family Service Plans.

The amount available for this contract is $100,000 for the first year of the contract (SFY 12) and $60,000 for each subsequent year. However, the state will accept and consider proposals that exceed available funding.

Go to to view the RFP. For more information, email or call (603) 271-4566.