Montana Project LAUNCH


Montana Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions in Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is funded by a federal SAMHSA grant received by DPHHS in September, 2014.  DPHHS was awarded $800,000 a year for five years to engage Montana’s early childhood partners to improve systems and access to mental health services for young children and their families while piloting the evidence-based practices in Park and Gallatin Counties.  Project LAUNCH serves children birth to age 8 with a preference to families living outside of Bozeman and under 300% of the federal poverty level.

Montana will have a comprehensive system of early childhood mental health supports that can be replicated in communities throughout the state. Montana families and children will be supported by an early childhood system that is invested in their social and emotional development.

The Mission of the Montana Project LAUNCH Initiative is to strengthen the collaborative system that supports healthy children and families through:

  • Implementing the Pyramid Model framework to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young children and families.
  • Increasing access to screening, assessment, and referral to appropriate services for young children and their families.
  • Improving service delivery through innovative approaches, such as primary care/behavioral health integration, mental health consultation in early care and education, enhanced home visiting, cross sector professional development, and increased access to parent skills training.
  • Improving coordination and collaboration within the system of care.
  • Reducing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, income, gender, and geography related to access, use, and outcomes from services through culturally relevant evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices.
  • Developing strategies and interventions to inform a model for statewide replication backed by local data showing positive child and family outcomes.

The values of the Montana Project LAUNCH Initiative are:

  • Strong partnerships with families
  • Child-centered and family-focused
  • Inclusive and collaborative
  • Community-based and locally adapted
  • Complementary to existing initiatives
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive
  • Embedded into natural settings and existing services
  • Grounded in developmental knowledge, data, and practice
  1. Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
  2. Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
  3. Mental health consultation in early care and education
  4. Family strengthening and parent skills training
  5. Enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being

Printable Resources for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Montana Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Workforce Survey

Executive Summary Overview

The Montana Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Survey was created in a collaborative effort with national, state, and evaluation LAUNCH partners. The primary objective was to develop an understanding of the current and potential statewide capacity for providing infant and early childhood mental health consultation. The target audience was mental health experts, all of whom received an email with a link to the electronic survey. The survey was live for approximately six weeks, and twenty-five percent (1,001 experts) of the total target population completed the electronic survey. Drawing any definitive conclusions from the data collected is limited by the 25% response rate.

Survey Report Executive Summary

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Testimonials from LAUNCH participants


Contact Us

Darla Dexter, LAUNCH Young Child Wellness Expert (YCWE), 406-444-6956
Theresa Lee, LAUNCH Young Child Wellness Partner (YCWP), 406-444-9812