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Colorado Project LAUNCH

(Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health)


​Project LAUNCH is a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children (birth to 8) by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.  This initiative is grounded in the public health approach, working toward coordinated programs that take a comprehensive view of health and promote the well-being of all young children.  Project LAUNCH works to improve outcomes at the child, family, and community levels by addressing risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes and promoting protective factors that support resilience and healthy development.  Grantees implement five core prevention and promotion strategies:  (1) screening and assessment in a variety of child-serving settings, (2) enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional sell-being, (3) mental health consultation in early care and education, (4) family strengthening and parent skills training, and (5) integration of behavioral health into primary care settings.

Specific Aims
The long term goal of Project LAUNCH is to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.  Project LAUNCH seeks to improve and strengthen our early childhood system by increasing the coordination of key child-serving systems, the expertise of behavioral health providers in primary care and other local programs, and access to and availability of evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices that support young children and their families.

Funding Source
This project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - 2014-2019.

Contact Person:
Lorraine F. Kubicek, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV-R/F)
JFK Partners
13121 East 17th Avenue, C234
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-5953
lorraine.kubicek@ucdenver.edu