HANDS

The Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for new and expectant parents.

Families begin by meeting with a HANDS Parent Visitor who will discuss any questions or concerns about pregnancy or a baby’s first years. Based on the discussion, all families will receive information and learn about resources available in the community for new parents. Some families will receive further support through home visitation.

Who can participate?​

Any parent expecting a new baby and residing in Kentucky is eligible. Families must be enrolled during pregnancy or before the child is 90 days old.

When do HANDS services begin?

Services can begin during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old.

What can parents expect?

Support through your pregnancy and the early years of your baby’s life

Tips to make your home safer for your baby

Information on how to care for your baby

Facts that will let you know your baby is growing and developing healthy ways

Activities that you and your baby can enjoy together that can stimulate your child’s brain development

Access to other community services

Why participate in HANDS?

Parents are the most important people in a baby’s life.

Parents are the first and most important teachers a child will ever have

Parenting is a very demanding job and all parents have worries, questions and stress.

How does the program work?

In the prenatal period, the family is screened after a referral is made. This referral can be made by the doctor’s office, the health department, your church, friends or family. A trained home visitor will visit with you in your home to introduce parenting skill development in areas such as recognizing your baby’s needs, what to expect as your baby grows, making your home safe, etc. The frequency of visits will be determined by the family’s needs.

Goals

Healthy pregnancies and births

Healthy child growth and development

Healthy, safe homes; self-sufficient families

Beliefs

All families have strengths

Families are responsible for their children

Families are the primary decision makers regarding their children

Communities recognize their roles in children’s lives

Communities recognize that all children must succeed

Prevention and early intervention improves the community’s well being

Public and private partnerships are vital to a successful program

 Important Telephone Numbers:

Abuse Hotline:

800-752-6200

Childcare:

502-564-3527

Daycare Issues:

502-564-2800

KY Commission on Women:

502-564-6643

Licensing and Regulations:

502-564-2154

HANDS (State Level):

502-564-3756

Mercer County HANDS:

859-734-4522

K-CHIP (Health Insurance for children):

502-564-6890

Medicaid Ombudsman:

502-564-5080

State Ombudsman:

800-372-2973

Poison Control:

800-222-1222

WIC (Women, Infants and Children):

502-564-3827

Due to massive, unexpected renovations we will be relocating our office for 3 to 6 months.
New address: 470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5 Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Closed for moving dates:
September 1 - 2 – Moving
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Due to massive, unexpected renovations we will be relocating our office for 3 to 6 months.
New Address: 470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5 Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Closed for moving dates:
September 1 - 2 – Moving
September 5 – Closed for Labor Day
September 6 - 9 – Moving
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