Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Staff Contact: Trish Kohl
Missouri’s Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a SAMSHA-funded program that aims to promote health and wellness for children from birth to age eight. Project LAUNCH works to ensure that Missouri’s early childhood programs and services are comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, adequately funded, and of the highest quality to meet children's needs. Project LAUNCH also aims to increase coordination and collaboration across child-serving agencies to strengthen existing linkages between provider agencies. The project works to support, expand, and sustain capacity for a coordinated child serving system as well as to promote the well-being of young children and their families.
CPHSS is collaborating with Dr. Trish Kohl and the lead evaluation agency, Missouri Institute for Mental Health (MIMH) to complete one piece of the extensive evaluation of the project. Specifically, CPHSS will be using social network analyses to understand the linkages between organizations that provide services to children and assess the coordination of service provision among these organizations over time. In addition to network mapping, parent interviews will be conducted to capture information about family’s experiences with services. The results from this evaluation will help inform process improvement and help to determine the overall service transformation within this system as a result of Project LAUNCH.