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.

The Latest From Moms

MOMS Partnership® Lifted as a Top 'Two-Gen' Strategy in Nation
June 14, 2018

Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute – a leader in identifying and cultivating transformational approaches to family well-being by focusing on parents and children simultaneously – released a report, States Leading the Way: Practical Solutions that Lift Up Children and Families, that identifies the MOMS Partnership® as one of the most effective two-generation interventions in the country.

Dr. Megan Smith of the Yale Department of Psychiatry & Child Study Center joins other national leaders today in Washington, D.C., at the release event for this report to talk about our partnership with women to reduce maternal depression and strengthen family health and economic success.

We are deeply honored by this recognition and to be in the company of many other models we admire. We look forward to engaging with government leaders in particular who are committed to two-generational approaches to interrupting intergenerational poverty.

New Policy Proposals Emerge for Reducing Diaper Need
May 18, 2018

The MOMS Partnership® and the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) would like to congratulate Nappy Time, the Health Challenge Hackathon team, for winning the Grand Prize at the first MIT Policy Hackathon! We’d also like to give a big round of applause to all of the Health Track participants for the empathy, enthusiasm, and creativity that they brought to our challenge.

The Nappy Time team, which also took first place in the Health Challenge, was awarded both top prizes for their innovative three-program solution to our challenge, which asked Health Track hackers to consider whether there are alternative policy approaches to providing child care that would help reduce or eliminate diaper need, a very real problem that affects 1 in 3 families in the U.S. Nappy Time's winning policy recommendation to the State of Connecticut is to build state-specific evidence by implementing, and monitoring the effectiveness of, three pilot programs each of which focuses on reducing diaper need among a different population with children age 3 and under: a supplemental insurance coverage program that provides a diaper reimbursement to CT State employees; a Medicaid Demonstration Waiver program that provides a diaper reimbursement to Medicaid and CHIP enrollees, and a diaper distribution program that ties child care center licensure to the provision of diapers, purchased at a bulk rate, to parents. We look forward to thinking with NDBN about how Nappy Time's policy solutions can be integrated into our on-going diaper need policy work.

Thank you to @policyhackathon and @mitidss for giving us the opportunity to be a Challenge sponsor. #data2decisions, #diaperneed, @MomsPartnership, @policyhackathon, @mitidss, @diapernetwork, @YalePsych.