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Children's Mental Health

Project LAUNCH - Local and State Collaborations

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Through funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Project LAUNCH – Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health – the State of Florida has the unique opportunity to enhance the existing health, behavioral health, and social service systems for young children and their families from birth to eight years of age. This five year grant enhances the partnership between the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, and service providers in Pinellas County, Florida. The project is aimed at preventing youth substance abuse and mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders by improving family function and the quality of the parent-child relationship through parent training and skill building and selective interventions for young children. Achieving the desired results of Project LAUNCH will truly take a multi‐level (individuals, families, communities) and multi‐sectored (early childhood education combined with physical, emotional, social, and behavioral health services) approach, requiring all participants to collaboratively respond to the changing needs of young children and their families.

To be a part of this exciting initiative at your local or state level contact us.

Representatives from the state and local agencies listed below have participated in the environmental scanning processes:

Agency for Health Care Administration (Medicaid)
Child Care Licensing
Child Support Enforcement
Child Welfare
Children’s Medical Services
Community Health Centers of Pinellas
Department of Children and Families -ACCESS Program
Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health –Headquarters
Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health- Suncoast Region
Department of Children and Families -System of Care Initiative
Department of Children and Families -Family Safety Program Office
Department of Children and Families-Office of Domestic Violence
Department of Education-Division of Exceptional Education
Department of Education-Student Services
Department of Juvenile Justice
DISC Village
Early Learning Coalition
Early Steps
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant at DOH
Every Woman Florida Families
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
Florida Breastfeeding Coalition
Florida Children’s Forum
Florida Council for Sexual Violence
Florida Department of Health
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services
Florida Mental Health Institute- University of South Florida
Florida Pediatric Society
Florida Right from the Start (Florida Help Me Grow Initiative)
Florida’s Women’s Health
Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention
Georgetown Technical Assistance Team
Head Start/Early Head Start
Healthy Families
Healthy Start
Healthy Start- Pinellas County
Juvenile Welfare Board
March of Dimes
Office of Early Learning
Operation PAR
Ounce of Prevention
Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS)
Suncoast Center
Technical Assistance Education Development Center
United Way Florida
University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus
Women, Infant, & Children