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RI family home health services expand

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By Alana Cerrone

Acerrone@abc6.com

A major grant will help expand mothers' and children's health in Rhode Island.

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse along with Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Monday that the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is getting a $5.8 million improvement grant. Rhode Island is one of only 13 states getting funds during this round.

The free and voluntary program provides home health care visits to families to improve maternal health, child development, school readiness, and economic self-sufficiency. It's also aimed at preventing child abuse.

Since 2010, Rhode Island has gotten over $6 million through the program to support home visits in Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Woonsocket.

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