CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative (HVI)

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Home Visiting Initiative (HVI) is a voluntary program supervised by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and administered by participating California counties.  The HVI aims to support positive health development and well-being outcomes for pregnant and parenting women, families, and infants born into poverty, expand their future educational, economic, and financial capability opportunities, and improve the likelihood that they will exit poverty.

Assembly Bill 1811 (Chapter 35, Statutes of 2018) appropriates funding for the implementation of the HVI program within the CalWORKs program.  The HVI will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the impact of home visiting services with the CalWORKs population.

Home visiting is an evidence-based, voluntary program that pairs new parents with a nurse or trained professional who makes regular visits to the participant’s home to provide guidance, coaching, and access to health and social services.  The HVI supports and resources will include, but will not be limited to: (1) prenatal, infant and toddler care, (2) infant and child nutrition, (3) child developmental screening and assessments, (4) parent education, parent and child interaction, child development, and child care, (5) job readiness and barrier removal, and (6) domestic violence and sexual assault, mental health, and substance abuse treatment, as applicable.

In order to be eligible for HVI an individual must:
• Be a member of a CalWORKs assistance unit or the parent or caretaker relative for a child-only case;
• Be pregnant and have no other children at the time of enrollment in the program; or
• Be a first time parent or caretaker relative of a child less than 24 months of age at the time of enrollment in the program.

Additional individuals may be eligible for HVI, but only if the county continues to offer home visiting services to the primary target audience and provides those services to those who volunteer to participate.

What is an Evidence-Based Home Visiting Model?
“Evidence-based home visiting” is a program model which has been evaluated using the criteria developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or an evidence-based approved program by the California Department of Social Services.  

To review the HHS criteria for evidence-based home visiting models, visit the following link:
HomVEE Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models

Examples of evidence-based home visiting models include:
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
Healthy Families America (HFA)
Early Head Start-Home Visiting (EHS-HV)
Parents as Teachers (PAT)

How will the HVI program be funded?
Effective January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1811 (Human Services Omnibus, Chapter 35, Statutes of 2018) appropriated funding for the HVI program. The California Department of Social Services released an application to counties along with funding allocations covering services provided from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act, the Department will continue to award funds to participating counties who apply biennially and meet the minimum requirements.

For more information on the HVI and how to implement this program in your area, please email: CalWORKsHVI@dss.ca.gov.