Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health)
Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), is pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness. Project LAUNCH NH is working to ensure Manchester’s agencies work together to provide children and families a great start. We’re building strong partnerships that will lead to the replication of successful practices we’ve tried in Manchester and sustainable systems improvements that will last beyond the life of the project.
Project LAUNCH’s five direct service prevention and promotion strategies include:
- Increasing Developmental Screening – A Watch Me Grow Coordinator recruits programs to participate, receive training, screen children, and ensure follow-up and referral on developmental screenings.
- Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care – MCHC has a care coordinator and community health workers to help families access services and supports
- Mental Health Consultation in Early Care and Education – Behavioral Support Coaches work with teachers to increase their knowledge of child development and how to respond to children displaying challenging behavior
- Home Visiting – A Mental Health Assessment Worker uses video to help parents discover the strengths in their interactions with their children and build their relationships with each other. A Technical Assistance Specialist offers training and support to home visitors.
- Family Strengthening – Six-week parenting education sessions (Positive Solutions for Families) are offered throughout the city at varying times.