High Risk Infant Follow-Up Policy Manual

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services
High Risk Infant Follow-Up (HRIF) Policy Manual for Local Health Departments, August 2014

Program Goal

The goal of HRIF Program is to promote optimal growth and development, teach family care of the high risk infant, prevent complications, decrease morbidity and mortality, decrease stress and potential for abuse, and ensure early identification and referral for further treatment and evaluation.

Purpose of Nursing Follow-up for the High Risk Infant

The purpose of the infant follow-up program is to minimize disability in high risk infants by identifying as early as possible conditions requiring further evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment and by assuring an environment that will promote optimal growth and development as sited in 77 Ill. Adm. Code Section 630.50 (b) (1).

Purpose of Manual

The manual is intended to provide guidance to both the DHS and local health departments or community agency staff in performing their respective responsibilities to the HRIF Program.

Requirements, duties, and instructions are included to assist personnel with program implementation. The manual can orientate new staff to HRIF procedures and provide reference material for staff.


If you have any questions or difficulty with the HRIF web site or documents, please contact Susan Williams via email or by phone at (217) 557-3105.