State to spend more teaching parent skills

February 17, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland will spend $3.5 million to expand a program that offers in-home instruction in parent skills to pregnant women and families with young children.

The money for the Healthy Families Maryland initiative will serve an additional 1,000 families with a high risk of social problems, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said yesterday. She said the funds will come, in part, from money saved by trimming out-of-state care for emotionally disturbed children in favor of in-state treatment.

The program serves 440 families in Baltimore and in Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, Howard and Garrett counties. Social workers and nurses visit pregnant women and mothers of children up to age 5 to teach them about child-rearing.

Pub Date: 2/17/99

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