California and Alameda County are expanding the success of their original Project LAUNCH grant by supporting three diverse counties (San Francisco, Fresno, and Nevada) to add mental health consultation to existing home visiting programs, strengthen parent leadership and engagement strategies, and improve cross-sector collaboration and systems integration efforts.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Boston’s Public Health Commission are using a Project LAUNCH expansion grant to bring their original LAUNCH model to the cities of Springfield, Worcester, and Chelsea. The Massachusetts LAUNCH model is focused on integrating a “power team” of an early childhood mental health clinician and a family partner with lived experience in a pediatric primary care setting.
Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Bradley Hospital are expanding on their original Project LAUNCH grant, focused in the city of Providence, to promote young child wellness in three additional communities in the state: Woonsocket, Newport, and Washington County.
Texas and El Paso are expanding the success of El Paso’s original Project LAUNCH grant by supporting three diverse communities (San Antonio, Fort Worth, and the Yselta del Sur Pueblo) to increase developmental and social–emotional screenings for young children, implement parent-strengthening strategies, and strengthen the early childhood professional development system.
Washington and Yakima County are expanding the success of their original Project LAUNCH grant by supporting three diverse counties (North Thurston, Chelan/Douglas, and Benton/Franklin) to increase developmental and behavioral screening for young children, integrate behavioral training into early care and education systems, improve family-strengthening and local parent support opportunities, and strengthen the early childhood workforce.
The Alabama Department of Mental Health partners with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Child Development Resources of the University of Alabama, and the Alabama Partnership for Children to serve children from birth to 8 years of age and their families located in Tuscaloosa County. Alabama Project LAUNCH works to enhance and expand existing mental health and behavioral programs and raise awareness among primary care providers.
Arkansas Project LAUNCH promotes the health and wellness of children from 0 to 8 years of age in Mississippi County by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development. In Mississippi County, the project is designed to (1) make improvements to the early childhood system and (2) improve access to and the availability of evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices.
Colorado Project LAUNCH (COPL) improves and strengthens the early childhood system by increasing the coordination of key child-serving systems, the expertise of behavioral health providers in primary care and other local programs, and access to and availability of evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices that support young children from birth to age 8 and their families.
Connecticut Elm City Project LAUNCH (CT-ECPL) is committed to high-quality early childhood systems focused on families who care for children ages 0 to 8 in the New Haven Community. New Haven has one of the highest rates of childhood poverty in the nation at 34.1%. The Dwight neighborhood is the city's most densely populated area and contains a high proportion of over-burdened, under-resourced families. CT-ECPL aims to decrease racial and gender disparities in access to mental health screening and evidence-based services for low-income African American and Hispanic mothers.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of Montana are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille, and the Kootenai tribes. The Flathead Reservation consists of 1.317 million acres in northwest Montana and is home to the three tribes as well as seven small non-Tribal communities. Project LAUNCH seeks to support and strengthen a sustainable, well-coordinated, family-focused network of accessible, holistic, culturally connected, compassionate, high-quality health and wellness services for all children from birth to 8 years of age.