Illinois Home Visiting

Illinois has long valued evidence-based home visiting programs as an effective and efficient strategy for improving the life trajectory of expectant and new families who are at risk for poor health, educational, economic and social outcomes.

Over the past three decades, Illinois has reflected this value by developing a robust statewide home visiting system that cuts across agencies and funding streams, reaching from the highest levels of government to the providers on the ground.

As required by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the 2020 MIECHV Needs Assessment Report identifies communities (counties) with concentrations of risk; identifies the quality and capacity of existing home visiting programs or initiatives; identifies capacity for providing substance use disorder treatment and counseling services; and collaborates with other statewide needs assessments.

Illinois home visiting is supported by the following funding sources:

These funding streams support a network of over 300 programs across the state serving approximately 17,000 families per year. Funders of home visiting in Illinois have committed to continuously assessing the needs of the system, to being responsive in addressing the state’s diverse geographic and demographic realities, and to fostering needed innovations. These funders, along with the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), have issued the following joint statements to clarify shared guidance:


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number X10MC33578 and Grant Number X10MC39684 in the total award amounts of $8,744,850 and $8,345,310, respectively, for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the United States Government.