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Oregon's New Universally Offered Nurse Home Visiting Program

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.


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.

You are being invited to review and comment on the proposed rules. If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held by conference call on July 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. To present oral testimony at the hearing, please dial
1-877-848-7030, access code: 2030826#.

Written comments may also be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on July 21, 2020 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

OHA, Public Health Division
Heather Owens, 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.
Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.

For more details, please see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact and the full text of the proposed rules.

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

Learn More

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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