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Oregon's New Universally Offered Nurse Home Visiting Program

Due to the COVID-19 response, the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is pausing all rulemaking that is not directly related to COVID-19 until further notice.  We will not be holding a hearing as originally scheduled on April 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. or taking written comments for the above referenced rulemaking at this time.  When regular rulemaking resumes, we will re-file notice of proposed rulemaking with the Secretary of State and notify interested parties of the re-scheduled public hearing and opportunity to submit written comments.

If you have questions, please contact Anna Stiefvater by email at or by phone at 503-730-0235. Thank you for your continued support.


Rulemaking Announcement

The Oregon Health Authority (Authority), Public Health Division, Maternal and Child Health Section is proposing to permanently adopt administrative rules in chapter 333, division 6 to provide administrative oversight of the Universally Offered Newborn Nurse Home Visiting Program as defined in SB 526 (Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 552), which passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. The proposed rules provide administrative guidance to the model of service delivery, the certification requirements for newborn nurse home visiting services providers and the criteria for services that must be covered by health benefit plans in accordance with SB 526.

333-006_Notice of Proposed Rulemaking_03-24-2020.pdfNotice of Proposed Rulemaking

You are invited to review and comment on the proposed amended rules. 

If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held by conference call on April 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m

To present oral testimony at the hearing, please dial 1-877-873-8017, access code: 767068#. Written comments may also be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

OHA, Public Health Division

Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator

800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930

Portland, Oregon 97232

E-mail comments to:

You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.

If you have questions or would like a paper copy of any of the documents referenced above, you may contact Anna Stiefvater by email at or by phone at 503-730-0235.

Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.

The birth of a child is a big change for any family. It impacts a family’s social, emotional, financial and physical environment. Most families welcome support as they move through this transition.

Family Connects Oregon builds on Oregon’s current home visiting programs and will offer home visiting to all families with newborns. It is a voluntary, opt-in program. No families are required to participate.


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Family Connects Oregon will offer home visiting services to all families with newborns up to 6 months of age, including foster and adoptive newborns. It is an evidence-based model that offers one to three visits from a state-licensed registered nurse. Implementation will phase-in over six years, starting with the early adopters listed below.

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