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KY MOMS Partnership℠

Elevate is partnering with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the Kentucky Center for Statistics to launch the KY MOMS Partnership℠. KY MOMS will be the first program in the country to provide this program for justice-involved mothers and to test program effects on government savings and recidivism. Justice-involved mothers will partake in the MOMS’ Stress Management course, comprised of 90-minute weekly sessions for eight weeks. Partners from Centerstone Community Mental Health Center have been trained by Yale to provide the course in Louisville. Services began in February 2020.

Kentucky MOMS Video

Former leadership of Kentucky’s Executive Cabinet, Cabinet for Health and Family
Services, and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet discuss their decision to partner with
Elevate and their vision for the KY MOMS Partnership℠.

Kentucky Goals and Needs Assessment

The Kentucky MOMS Goals & Needs Assessment is a survey that the MOMS Partnership co-created so that mothers in Kentucky could share what they want, what they need, and what goals they have for themselves and their families. The KY MOMS Goals and Needs Assessment was distributed in the Summer of 2019 to mothers under Kentucky Department of Corrections supervision in the Louisville area. Elevate analyzed data from 176 eligible responses.

Of the eligible mothers who completed the Kentucky MOMS Goals and Needs Assessment:

  • Many self-reported low levels of social support, with 31.8% reporting a low level of social support.
  • Many were screened as at risk for clinical depression, with 50.7% of respondents receiving a score on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), a depressive symptom screener, of 16 or greater. CES-D score of 16 or greater indicates that an individual is at risk for clinical depression.
  • Many reported experiencing difficulties accessing treatment for mental and emotional health, including not being able to get an appointment soon enough, not having transportation, and clinic/doctor's office not being open convenient hours.

The majority of survey respondent's, 64.2% identified as White and non-Hispanic. Respondents reported an average age of 33.8 years and caring for an average of 2.0 children.

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