Administered by:  Bureau of Childhood Develoment


The Project LAUNCH initiative is a unique federal-level partnership among 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 Illinois Project LAUNCH initiative is being evaluated over it's five year grant period by Chapin Hall, University of Chicago.

The purpose of the project is to create a wellness community where all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive milestones, and are prepared to thrive in school and beyond.  The federally funded program targets families with children ages 0 - 8 in the Chicago communities of North Lawndale, South Lawndale, East Garfield Park, and West Garfield Park. 

Services that are provided are evidenced-based and include:

  • developmental assessments,
  • integration of behavioral health into primary care settings,
  • mental health consultation,
  • home visiting, and
  • family strengthening/parent skills training.

Children are linked to a medical home and other identified needed services.

The Project LAUNCH community convenes a local council of child-serving agencies to coordinate services, improve policies, share data, and identify and address unmet community needs for the early childhood population.