News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2008
CONTACT: Rachel Johnston, 512-463-0119

Nurse-Family Partnership Extends to More Families

AUSTIN, TX -- Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is awarding nine Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) grants totaling $7.8 million. Two of the nine recipients are San Antonio based organizations: The Children's Shelter will receive $875,822 and University Health System will receive $808,154.

Senator Carlos Uresti co-authored Senate Bill 156 with Senator Florence Shapiro to expand NFP's proven child abuse prevention program throughout the State of Texas. NFP targets young, single, first-time mothers. The participants learn preventive health practices and prenatal care. In-home visits with registered nurses help link first-time mothers with community resources that can reduce the stress of motherhood and help them obtain both education and job training.

"This program reaches children and young mothers at their most vulnerable stages in life," Uresti said. "I have been working to make the Nurse-Family Partnership one of Texas' tools to fight child abuse and neglect since I served in the Texas House. It is very encouraging that San Antonians will have greater access to NFP through these two excellent organizations."

According to NFP, the program benefits children by creating a 48 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect; a 59 percent reduction in arrests of children; and a 90 percent reduction in adjudications for incorrigible behavior. Participant mothers benefit as well, with 61 percent fewer arrests; 72 percent fewer convictions; and 98 percent fewer days in jail.

"The return on each dollar we spend on the Nurse-Family Partnership is $2.88, but saving a child from the abuse and neglect is the true value," Senator Uresti stated.

For more information, please contact Rachel Johnston at 512-463-0119. To learn more about the Nurse-Family Partnership, visit: www.nursefamilypartnership.org.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

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