Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a program guided by a unique federal partnership among the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to eight by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. Project LAUNCH seeks to improve coordination across child-serving systems, build infrastructure and increase access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families. 

Project LAUNCH seeks to improve outcomes at the individual, family and community levels by addressing risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes. Project LAUNCH promotes protective factors that support resilience and healthy development.  

Project LAUNCH states select a local pilot community within the larger jurisdiction to be a partner in Project LAUNCH. Tennessee has selected three ZIP codes in Shelby County as this pilot community. The Early Success Coalition in Memphis brings together child-serving organizations (including providers of certain evidence based home visiting programs) to develop policies, financial mechanisms and other reforms to improve the integration and efficiency of the child-serving system.

Grantees implement five core prevention and promotion strategies:

  1. Screening and assessment in a variety of child-serving settings

  2.  Enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being

  3. Mental health consultation in early care and education programs

  4.  Family strengthening and parent skills training

  5.  Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings

To learn more about the local pilot community, please visit the website of the Early Success Coalition.

At the state level, the TN Young Child Wellness Council (TNYCWC) seeks to integrate LAUNCH strategies into policy using the Collective Impact model of collaboration. The TNYCWC includes representatives from multiple state agencies, private care providers, advocates, and families from all over the state. The state and local councils work together closely to exchange strategies, success stories, and lessons learned from their LAUNCH work.

For more information, contact Cory Bradfield, LAUNCH Program Director