Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®


Depression is hard. But it doesn't have to last forever. We help women who have struggled because every mother matters.

The MOMS Partnership® is a program that has successfully reduced depressive symptoms among over-burdened, under-resourced pregnant women, moms, and other adult female caregivers in a family. Launched in New Haven, the MOMS Partnership brings mental health within reach of women, literally meeting them where they are.

With implementation costs that can total as little as $2,000 for each woman served, we are proud to partner with women to generate real results in their lives. Among the results of past evaluations:

  • 78% of MOMS participants complete the program compared to average of 30% nationally of a similar population who adhere to their mental health treatment.
  • 76% of MOMS participants experience a decrease in depressive symptoms from beginning to end of the MOMS program. Of those experiencing a decrease, the average participant experienced a 48% drop in depressive symptoms.
  • MOMS participants have a 67% decrease in parenting stress from beginning to end of the MOMS program.
  • Children of MOMS participants attend 6 more days of school per year compared to children of non-participants.
  • The percentage of women working at least 15 hours a week dramatically increases after participating in the MOMS Partnership - from 15% at time of enrollment to 39% at six months after graduating from MOMS.

It is a privilege to partner with the women we serve.

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The Latest From Moms

Embracing 2-Gen: Findings from the District of Columbia’s TANF Survey
July 20, 2018

As part of our collaboration with the Washington, DC, Department of Human Services (DHS) to replicate MOMS in DC, we have assisted DC DHS with a survey of parents who receive benefits through DC’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In April 2018, a new Two-Generation (2-Gen) Policy took effect, ushering in a set of reforms to better serve both parents and children. With philanthropic support, MOMS is providing DHS free technical assistance – specifically in designing the survey, developing the methodology, and analyzing the data in partnership with DHS -- to assess the impact of these policy changes at baseline and in future years on financial, health, and well-being indicators.

Conducted in Spring 2018, the baseline survey of 565 DC customers receiving TANF serves as a point of comparison for the effects of 2-Gen Policy, but it also provides insights that can help DHS and MOMS best meet the needs of families. For example, we found that the majority of customers actually screened positive for depressive symptoms indicative of clinical depression (60%) despite nearly half reporting their emotional health as “Excellent” or “Good.” In our final report “Embracing 2-Gen: Findings from the District of Columbia’s TANF Survey,” we describe both the details of our findings and recommendations for how this information can guide future initiatives.

You can read the full report here.

We look forward to continuing to partner with DHS to tailor MOMS to meet the needs in DC surfaced by this survey.