Michigan gets $8 million to help pregnant women, families with young children

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 01, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is getting nearly $8 million to help offer assistance at home to women during pregnancy and families with young children.

The Health Resources and Services Administration on Friday announced the funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

Officials note the funding is more than double what Michigan received the last time around.

Those getting support include residents of Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water, offering additional help for families. If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

The home visiting program provides support for preventive health and prenatal practices such as helping mothers find prenatal care, improve their diets and reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.