Community Home Visiting Program
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) awarded HSA with the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home Visitation Services contract. These services integrate mental health services with fidelity to the PAT evidence-based model in areas of highest need in the eight Los Angeles County Service Planning Areas (SPAs). Areas of highest need per SPA were identified based on a needs assessment conducted in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Children and Families First – Proposition 10 Commission (First 5 LA). The needs assessment included factors such as number of births per SPA, domestic violence indicators, and number of home visitation programs in the area.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based, international early childhood parent education and family support program that promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. PAT is considered an evidence-based program that focuses on building protective factors within the family. It is relationship-based with a curriculum centering on parent-child interaction, child development, and family well-being. The PAT program includes personal in-home visits, group meetings, annual developmental screenings and functional assessments, and referrals to community resources on an as-needed basis. Families with children under 5 year old are eligible for this program.