Nurse Home Visitation Programs
Jefferson County Public Health offers a wide range of services to help mothers and their babies get off to a healthy start. Whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, toddler or perhaps several young children, connecting with public health programs and services can benefit your family’s health. If you'd like to apply for a home visitation or refer someone to the program, please fill out the online Public Health Nurse Home Referral form or PDF referral form.
The Family Collaboration Program (Span) is a voluntary home visit program for any family referred from the Jefferson County Human Services Department. Collaboration nurses offer parenting support, stress management tools and information regarding nutrition, feeding and care of children, birth control and behavioral issues. Nurses can offer support to moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers and provide services on average from 4 to 7 months.
Families receive the greatest benefit when they meet with the nurse at least eight times. Caseworkers and families with an open case or assessment with the child welfare system can request services, and services can extend past case closure. Caseworkers make a referral through the CAT system. For more information, please call 303-275-7517 or email [email protected], and ask for a nurse in the collaborations program.
Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP)
The HCP program [external link] provides in-depth, one-on-one care coordination for families of children (birth to 21 years) who have special healthcare needs. Examples of care coordination activities include assistance with identifying local services, finding insurance or other financial resources and supporting important transitions such as from hospital to home or from child to adult care. Care Coordinators work as a team to advocate for the child, identify and prioritize needs and develop a plan to achieve goals. HCP staff also work in the Jefferson County community to increase collaboration and support systems for families.
HCP helps the families of children with or at risk for conditions such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft palate
- Cystic fibrosis
- Developmental disabilities
- Kidney disease
- Loss of hearing or sight
- Sickle cell anemia
In Colorado, 15% of children (more than 225,000 kids) have special healthcare needs. Healthcare providers or community agencies can fax a referral (PDF) to 303-239-7157 and/or download the HCP Brochure (o en español). If you have questions about whether your child or a child you may know might qualify, please call 303-239-7006.
Healthy Start at Home
Pregnancy is a time of change, growth, discovery and plenty of questions. Healthy Start at Home, formerly Prenatal Plus, is a voluntary program to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby whether you are first-time or more experienced mom. If you are a pregnant woman in Jefferson County, you qualify for the Healthy Start at Home program.
Healthy Start at Home offers nurse home visitations to women during pregnancy and the first two months postpartum with the option to extend until your baby's first birthday. Healthy Start at Home team members offer support and education, providing answers to questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, birth control and how to care for your baby. This program offers home or office visits to support healthy lifestyle choices, including healthy eating and tobacco free living. The Healthy Start at Home team can also provide community resources for you and your baby. This is a free program, however, if you are a Medicaid recipient, we will bill Medicaid for these services.
To have a Healthy Start at Home nurse help you with your pregnancy, complete this form. For more information, please email Public Health [email protected] or call 303-232-6301 and ask for a nurse in the Healthy Start at Home program.
The Nurse-Family Partnership program [external link] is a free prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers who meet financial guidelines. If you are pregnant with your first baby, or your first child is less than one month old, you can enroll in Nurse-Family Partnership and have your own nurse visit you in your home or some other convenient location until your baby turns two years old. In Colorado, this program is free, voluntary and open to any woman eligible for WIC and/or Medicaid even if you don’t use those services.
When you enroll, your nurse will want to understand what is important to you for your life and your baby. Your public health nurse can bring information and resources on many topics such as your health, your baby’s health, labor and delivery, feeding and caring for your baby, how to understand your baby’s different cries and body language, and how you can help your baby to have the best development physically, socially, emotionally and mentally. As you get to know your nurse, you will find someone you can trust and turn to when you have questions and concerns. Your nurse will be there for you.
To have a Nurse-Family Partnership nurse help you with your pregnancy, complete this form. For more information, to refer a family or to schedule a home visit, please call 303-239-7074.
NICU2Home is a follow-up program for families whose baby has been in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
To help make this transition as smooth as possible, JCPH offers families helpful information, support and connections to resources.
You Are Not Alone
Our team of nurse care coordinators offer a family-centered approach, clients can feel more confident and capable to take care of their family’s needs.
We Are Here to Help
- Parent education to understand the unique development of premature babies.
- Education on baby’s cues and regulation.
- Support, education and information on feeding, sleeping, safety and medical conditions.
- Referrals to services, such as respite care (short-term breaks for caregivers), infant massage therapy, mental health, occupational therapists or any others that may be necessary.
- Connections to community groups for peer support and assistance.
- Assistance with medical insurance, Social Security Disability (SSDI)/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other funding opportunities.
Getting Support is Easy
These services are FREE of charge. No diagnoses or medical conditions are required. This is a parent/guardian-driven program focused on the family’s goals, so parents and their care coordinator decide where to meet and what to work on. Families and care coordinators usually meet once a month with phone check-ins as needed. We are here to help make this the best experience possible for Jeffco families.
To learn more about NICU2Home, please call 303-232-6301, or email [email protected]