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Montana Project LAUNCH

Montana Project LAUNCH


Project LAUNCH Overview

Over 5 years, Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) communities increase the quality and availability of evidence-based programs for children and families, improve collaboration among child-serving organizations, and integrate physical and behavioral health services and supports. Lessons learned from communities guide systems changes and policy improvements at the state, territorial and tribal levels, such as implementing universal screening efforts and integrated data systems. Strong partnerships lead to the sustainability and replication of successful practices on systems improvements lasting beyond the life of the grant.

Project LAUNCH grantees are guided by Young Child Wellness Councils that engage key leaders in developing a common strategy and plan for improving outcomes for young children and their families. These councils join with families and public and private partners to scan communities and pinpoint unmet needs, then develop strategic plans that guide their use of five prevention and promotion strategies drawn from current research. In addition to providing direct services, Project LAUNCH states, tribes, and communities increase knowledge about healthy child development through public education campaigns and cross-disciplinary workforce development activities.

A unique federal-level partnership among SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guides Project LAUNCH.

Project LAUNCH’s Five Prevention and Promotion Strategies

  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

LAUNCH Strategies

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Montana Project LAUNCH


Montana Project LAUNCH

Montana Project LAUNCH is a federal initiative funded by SAMSHA.

In September 2014, Montana DPHHS was awarded a 5-year grant of $800,000 per year to engage Montana’s early childhood partners to improve systems and access to mental health services for young children and families in our rural state while piloting evidence-based practices in Gallatin and Park counties.

Target Population: children from birth through age 8. Specifically, two-thirds of the target population will be from outside of Bozeman and 75 percent of participating families will be in households under 300 percent 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.

Project Values

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

Project LAUNCH Partners in Gallatin and Park Counties

DPHHS Bureaus Working Collaboratively to Implement Project LAUNCH

LAUNCH Resources