HMHB has a long running program called SafeSleep for Baby which provides Pack ‘n’ Play Playards and safe sleep materials at no cost to families in need. When a family is identified, local public health departments or early childhood specialists make a referral to the program and Terry places the order for the Safe Sleep Kit. This program provides approximately 130 cribs per year to Montana families in need of a safe sleeping environment for their babies.
A recent partnership between DPHHS Family and Community Health Division, The Montana Children’s Trust Fund and the Montana Department of Justice will allow HMHB to send greatly expand the number of kits distributed. This will also allow sites to store safe sleep kits on site, removing the timing lag between identifying the need for a safer sleep environment and orders being fulfilled and shipped. In November HMHB surveyed a broad array of possible recipients including Child and Family Services, public health departments and home visitors. Responses to the survey have been very enthusiastic and we are shooting to order 250 cribs by the end of the year!