Promoting Early Intervention Referral Through a Randomized Controlled Home-Visiting Program

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Abstract

The MOM Program is a randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to promote mothers’ care for the health and development of their children, including accessing early intervention (EI) services. Study aims were to determine whether, relative to controls, this intervention increased receipt of and referral to EI services. Mothers (N = 302) living in high-poverty regions were recruited after having given birth to healthy infants and were randomized to the intervention (n = 152) or control (n = 150) group. Those in the intervention group received up to 11 home visits to promote well-child visits and referral to EI. Children in the intervention group were referred to and received EI services significantly more often than those in the control group. Maternal depression and age of the mother were significantly associated with referral to, and receipt of, EI.

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