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High Risk Perinatal Program

Get Care for the Most Vulnerable: High Risk Pregnant Mothers and Neonatal Intensive Care Infants

The High Risk Perinatal Program (HRPP) is a comprehensive, statewide system of services dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality. The 3 components of the program include:

1) Maternal and Neonatal Transport Services that provide medical consultation and case management related to treatment/stabilization and, if needed, maternal and/or neonatal transport to available higher level(s) of care.

2) Hospital and Inpatient Physician Services that provide comprehensive, developmentally and risk appropriate care to critically ill infants within a hospital setting that is caring and supportive to the infant and their extended family.

3) Community Nursing Services that  facilitates the transition of the child and family from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit to their home and community.

The program provides a safety net for Arizona families, to ensure the most appropriate level of care surrounding birth as well as early identification and support for the child’s developmental needs.

Benefits of HRPP

  • Assure that high risk pregnant women and critically ill newborns receive timely access to appropriate medical care without regard to geographic location or ability to pay
  • Provide interventions which result in the reduction of infant and maternal deaths and improved medical and developmental outcomes
  • Provide support to families who have been impacted by the birth of a critically ill infant
  • Assist families in the development of a secure and nurturing environment which will increase their child’s ability to learn and grow
  • Connect families with early intervention services which can increase the child’s chances for optimal development and learning

Program Eligibility

  • Babies that have spent 120 hours or longer in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
  • A Mother or a baby that is being transported to a higher level of care;
  • Babies born and within 96 hours of birth the baby is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
  • A baby being transported within 50 miles from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to their home.

Parents As Teachers

A Parent is a Child’s First Teacher

Your children have so much potential. As a parent, you have a unique opportunity to be their first teacher. That’s because most brain development occurs in the first few years of life, and you can make a difference. Parents As Teachers will show you how. Our Home Visitors will provide you with resources appropriate for your child’s stage of development. Through Parents As Teachers, you’ll develop a stronger relationship with your child and help prepare them for academic success.

Parents as Teachers is a free program for all parents with children younger than 5 years old. Learn how to effectively and meaningfully interact with your child to help them develop intellectually and emotionally and to help you form a deeper relationship and bond with your child.

Benefits of Parents As Teachers:

  • This program is evidence-based and proven to work.
  • Children who feel safe, healthy, and cared for can thrive.
  • We’ll catch possible developmental challenges early on.
  • We’ll connect you with a variety of community resources.
  • Fun activities will deepen your relationship with your child.

Eligibility Requirements of Parents As Teachers:

  • All parents-to-be and parents with children younger than 5 years old.

Early Head Start

Help for Low-Income Pregnant Women and Children (age birth to five)

Head Start (for children 3-5) and Early Head Start (pregnant women and children 0-3) has a variety of program and service delivery options including Center Base, Home-Base, Combination (Home & Center) or Family Child Care.  Each program incorporates an individualized approach to high-quality services for low-income pregnant women and children age birth to five. Families receive support and guidance from Head Start staff to become self-sufficient.

We understand how challenging it can be to be a mother. Early Head Start is a free parenting program that helps low-income mothers and their children with home visits, education, and health screenings. Early Head Start can also help children who are in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children with a disability. We offer resources for pregnant women and help for new mothers.

Benefits of Early Head Start:

  • home visits
  • child development education
  • health screening and follow-up care
  • parenting guidance and education
  • services for special needs children

Eligibility requirements of Early Head Start:

  • Children between the ages of 0-5 of families that meet the federal poverty guidelines and pregnant women who meet the federal poverty guidelines
  • Children who are foster children
  • Children who are homeless
  • Children who are disabled (have IFSP or IEP)*

Arizona Health Start

Personalized Care for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

If you are pregnant or a mother facing challenges, it’s important to know that someone can help you. Arizona Health Start is here to help. Our home visitors can connect you with a variety of community organizations that provide health care, education, parenting resources, and application assistance for other programs. We will get to know you and your family, so we can help you get the resources you need. We understand your culture, because we live in your community. We also understand what you’re going through, because we’ve helped families just like yours.

If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of 2 and are interested in having additional support in accessing health care, education, or assistance programs, Arizona Health Start can help. The program is available throughout the state and is free for participants. Pregnant women and families with children enrolled in the program receive additional supports such as navigating access to prenatal care; family medical care; and assistance in applying for AHCCCS, WIC and other program that help you and your family thrive.

Benefits of Arizona Health Start:

  • You’ll gain access to appropriate prenatal care for pregnant women.
  • We provide access to appropriate family medical care.
  • We’ll give application assistance for AHCCCS, WIC and other programs.
  • Women will receive a health screening.
  • We provide developmental screenings for children ages birth to age two.

Eligibility Requirements of Arizona Health Start:

  • Must have primary residence located within the Contractor’s Program Site targeted service area.
  • Pregnant and/or postpartum women with children under the age of 2.
  • And one or more social risk factors.