Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a national initiative administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that began in 2008 and has funded a total of 55 sites, including states, tribes, territories and communities. Two communities in Colorado have received Project LAUNCH funding over the past five years. In 2010, the Weld Systems Navigation Project in Weld County was the first grantee in Colorado to receive a federally funded Project LAUNCH grant award. In 2014, a second federally funded Project LAUNCH grant was awarded to the state of Colorado in partnership with Adams County Early Childhood Partnership.
Colorado Project LAUNCH, or COPL, is supported by federal Project LAUNCH funding and describes the Colorado-specific partnership between the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC). This five-year grant award supports work at the state-level in addition to Adams County, with an increased emphasis on children and families with less-equitable health outcomes.
LAUNCH Together is a privately-funded initiative designed to replicate and expand the system and program successes of prior federally-funded efforts. Colorado is the only state to mobilize private partners and resources in a unique collaboration for early childhood social-emotional development.
To briefly summarize the three distinct, but collaborative efforts Project LAUNCH is a federally funded project governed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Colorado Project LAUNCH (COPL) is a grantee of the federal Project Launch guided by the Project LAUNCH tenets and requirements. LAUNCH Together is a privately-funded initiative inspired by Project LAUNCH. Colorado is the only state to mobilize private partners and resources in a unique collaboration for early childhood social-emotional development.
To learn more about LAUNCH Together, visit: launchtogethercolorado.org. To learn more about Project LAUNCH, visit: healthysafechildren.org.