Project

Missouri Project LAUNCH

Missouri Project LAUNCH

Website: http://dmh.mo.gov/stopandplay/
Principal Investigator: Sale, Elizabeth W.
October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2017
Funder: SAMHSA (through Missouri DMH)
Official Title: Missouri Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health)

The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (MO-DMH), was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million Project LAUNCH grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Project LAUNCH aims to create a statewide coordinated system to support children, ages 0-8, to thrive in safe, supportive environments and enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. This work is being implemented through the five strands of Project LAUNCH, which include home visitation, integration of behavioral and physical health, mental health consultation, screening and assessment and family strengthening initiatives. MIMH is conducting the evaluation of Missouri Project LAUNCH.  As part of the evaluation efforts, an environmental scan was created that explored the available resources and the needs of families with young children living in the community pilot site (63106, 63107) in North St. Louis, as well as state policies and practices for families. Findings from the scan were used to inform the strategic plan for Missouri Project LAUNCH.  Further evaluation methods include both quantitative and qualitative methods with community members and partners throughout the St. Louis area and the state of Missouri.

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