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Healthy Start

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  • 850-245-4465
  • Fax

  • Mailing Address

    Maternal and Child Health Section

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721

Healthy Start includes targeted support services that address identified risks. The range of Healthy Start services available to pregnant women, infants and children up to age three include:

  • Information, referral and ongoing care coordination and support to assure access to needed services
  • Psychosocial, nutritional and smoking cessation counseling
  • Childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education
  • Home visiting

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

Healthy Start Coalition

To find a Healthy Start Coalition location near you please visit the link below.

Florida Healthy Start Directory

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Florida's Healthy Start initiative was signed into law on June 4, 1991. Healthy Start legislation provides for universal risk screening of all Florida's pregnant women and newborn infants to identify those at risk of poor birth, health and developmental outcomes.

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Healthy Start Facts

For a printable fact sheet that summarizes Florida's Healthy Start Program with program and health indicator statistics, click on the link below.

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Healthy Start Waiver transition to Agency for Health Care Administration

For a printable fact sheet that summarizes the transition of the Florida Managed Medical Assistance Program 1115 Waiver from the Department of Health to AHCA, click on the link below.

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Health Management System: Entering Medicaid Insurance Information-User Guide

This user guide addresses how to enter Medicaid Insurance information in the Health Management System.

Health Management System Entering Medicaid Insurance Information Guide

HMS Guide

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Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines

The Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines are intended to guide the implementation of Healthy Start and the use of Healthy Start funds. Healthy Start coalitions and providers are accountable for delivering services in compliance with these standards as outlined in administrative rules in the Florida Administrative Code.

In addition, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) received approval from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to implement a waiver that allows the State of Florida to expand Medicaid benefits and eligibility to cover Florida's Healthy Start services. All Healthy Start services will be monitored by the Healthy Start coalitions participating in this waiver project based on criteria outlined in the DOH Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.

The Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines can be viewed or dowloaded from the links below:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Healthy Start System

Chapter 2: Outreach - Participant Identification, Provider Recruitment and Community Education

Chapter 3: Healthy Start Risk Screening

Chapter 4: Healthy Start Care Coordination and Risk Appropriate Care

Chapter 5: Healthy Start Services Breastfeeding Education and Support

Chapter 6: Healthy Start Services Childbirth Education

Chapter 7: Healthy Start Services Nutrition Counseling

Chapter 8: Healthy Start Services Parenting Education and Support

Chapter 9: Healthy Start Services Psychosocial Counseling

Chapter 10: Healthy Start Services Tobacco Education and Cessations

Chapter 11: Home Visiting And Other Variations in Service Delivery Sites

Chapter 12: Substance Abusing Pregnant Women, Substance Exposed Children and Their Families

Chapter 13: Transition and Interagency Agreements

Chapter 14: Heathy Start Coding

Chapter 15: Healthy Start System Assurances

Chapter 16: Performance Based Contracts and Memoranda of Agreement

Chapter 17: Quality Management/Program Improvement

Chapter 18: Fiscal Accountability

Chapter 19: Information Security Requirements

Chapter 20: SOBRA Outreach Program

Chapter 21: Healthy Start Services Interconception Education and Counseling

Chapter 22: Community Involvement

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Healthy Start Screening Forms and Brochures

Prenatal Risk Screening Forms

Prenatal Risk Screening Brochures

Infant Risk Screening Form

Infant Risk Screening Brochures

Statewide Health Resources and Publications E-Store(SHRPE)

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media on request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure

A password is needed to log-in to SHRPE. Please email: to obtain a password. Specify the name of the form(s) and/or publication(s) you are requesting and someone will respond within two business days.

To go directly to SHRPE please click the link below:

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Healthy Start Reports Website

This website provides Healthy Start screening and service reports to county health departments, Healthy Start coalitions, and Department of Health headquarters staff. A username and password are needed to access this site at:

Florida CHARTS

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Healthy Start HMS User Guide

For a printable presentation that outlines the Healthy Start side of HMS, please click the link below.

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