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Project LAUNCH: Linking Actions
for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health

"Through Project LAUNCH I was able to find information and resources, and develop a work plan for my family. It helped me navigate stress, connect with friends, and encouraged me to spend more time with my children. Project LAUNCH truly keeps families strong and children safe. – Project LAUNCH Parent

Children’s early experiences lay the foundation for their success in school and in life. Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) promotes the wellness of young children from birth to age 8 by addressing the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of their development. Project LAUNCH supports parents as they raise their young children, and it works to ensure that young children in the community are reaching developmental milestones and enter school ready and able to learn and succeed. Learn More.

Pediatric Patients and Families in Massachusetts Benefit from Early Childhood Mental Health Pilot Program

The Massachusetts Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantee  piloted a program to integrate behavioral health and primary care into two community health centers in Boston, and in the pediatric primary care clinic at Boston Medical Center.  The pilot implemented simple but significant changes to help staff at these centers provide mental health services more effectively to children ages birth to 8 years and their families. Preliminary evaluation findings show reduced parental stress levels and symptoms of depression as well as improvements in children’s social and emotional health. The evaluation not only shows improvements for those involved in the program, it indicates that this approach can be applied in a variety of settings. Continue Reading.

Listening to the National Conversation about Children’s Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention

The National Resource Center helps capture what is occurring in the field across the country. Each week, we monitor hundreds of media outlets to learn what is being said about early childhood mental health and youth violence prevention, and we share it with you. Take a moment to review a sampling of news stories. Read More. 

Learn about the Infant Mental Health Workforce, Early Childhood Programs, Antipsychotic Drug Patterns, and More...

In this issue, we present studies on the steps being taken to ensure those working with infants, toddlers, and their families are well trained to promote social and emotional development; how poor health in adolescence has the potential to disrupt education and employment pathways; and the trends and usage patterns of antipsychotic drugs in young people across the United States—and more. Read More.

“Talk. They Hear You.” 

In response to high rates of underage drinking in the US, the “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking–prevention campaign works to enable parents and caregivers to talk with their children about alcohol. Learn More.

The contents of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention newsletter and website were assembled under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The newsletter and website is operated and maintained by AIR and is supported by grant number 5U79SM061516-02 from SAMHSA. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.