Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH, a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones.

Project LAUNCH Prevention and Promotion Strategies

  • Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
  • Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
  • Mental health consultation in early care and education
  • Enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being
  • Family strengthening and parent skills training

Project LAUNCH’s Goals

  • Increased access to screening, assessment, and referral to appropriate services for young children and families
  • Expanded use of culturally relevant, evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices in a range of settings
  • Increased integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
  • Improved coordination and collaboration across disciplines at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels
  • Increased workforce knowledge of children’s social and emotional development and preparation to deliver high-quality care
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