- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
In an effort to address the social and emotional health of young children ages 0-8, Texas targeted a region of El Paso from 2011-2015 with Project LAUNCH, an initiative created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2008. Texas LAUNCH aims to expand the most successful elements of the El Paso initiative to the Ysleta del Sur, San Antonio, and Fort Worth communities.
This four-year project will support the implementation and evaluation of several core public health strategies to strengthen parenting competencies and improve children’s developmental and behavioral outcomes. Texas LAUNCH will educate parents using evidence-based programming, provide mental health consultation services, and supply training and support to staff to facilitate the integration of developmental and social/emotional screening protocols.
This project intends to serve 1,000 children and families over the course of the four-year initiative, and will significantly benefit the communities it will operate within. The information provided by Texas LAUNCH will also be vital in examining state system changes aimed at reducing barriers and enhancing infrastructure so the needs of young children and their families are met with the best care possible.