First Years Initiative (FYI)
Montana launched a home visiting collaboration effort in January 2018 between the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) and Healthy Montana Families (HMF) Home Visiting Program.
- To reduce child abuse, neglect, and child deaths in Montana through in-home, intensive prevention/intervention services, education, and support.
- To provide a more comprehensive approach to child safety and family preservation and reunification for families known to CFSD.
- To focus on the early critical period in the lives of children and their parents, during pregnancy and the weeks and months after birth, and extending through the first years of a child's life until enrollment into kindergarten.
"Through this initiative, we will take tangible steps by focusing on early intervention and education with the goal of preventing tragedy before it strikes." -Sheila Hogan, Director, DPHHS