The LAUNCH project promotes the emotional, social, and behavioral health of young children by enhancing early childhood service systems.
This project is led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The LAUNCH project promotes the emotional, social, and behavioral health of young children by enhancing early childhood service systems. The MDPH has works closely with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as the local partner to enhance local systems of care for Boston children birth to 8 years -of -age. The local project creates a Learning Collaborative at two community health centers (CHCs), Codman Square Health Center and Martha Eliot Health Center, and one primary care clinic at the Boston Medical Center (BMC). The BMC site serves all Boston children, while the two CHCs serve children from the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. The project helps these three sites improve the quality of their pediatric practices, integrate new mental health services with ongoing pediatric care, and assure linkage of medical homes with other community programs that serve children. Through funding a family partner and a mental health clinician at each site, who will provide family support and parent training, this project provides enhanced direct services to families experiencing child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, maternal depression or other parental mental health problems.
Project LAUNCH is funded by a five-year, $607,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Health and Services Administration (SAMHSA). The evaluation team also received funding from Abt Associates to conduct a special study to evaluate the impacts of Project LAUNCH on population level outcomes.