Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
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 federally funded program targets families with children ages 0 to 8 in the Chicago communities of North Lawndale, South Lawndale, East Garfield Park, and West Garfield Park.
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.
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.
The FY11 grant amount is $850,000. There are several community "partners" who participate in administration of the grant.
Project LAUNCH communities expand the use of evidence-based practices, improve collaboration among child-serving organizations, integrate physical and mental health services into primary care settings, and increase knowledge of healthy child development through cross-disciplinary workforce training and public education campaigns.