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

Poor and Minority Women Face Widening Barriers to Depression Treatment
July 2, 2018

Among women, those who are low-income or minority are less likely to get treatment for depression, according to multiple studies and reported July 2 by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team.

A report by the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership found that women were underrepresented in Medicaid-funded behavioral health services in the state even though research shows that women suffer from the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders more frequently than men.

Racial and ethnic disparities, while still considerable, are decreasing in some physical illnesses. “But in mental health care, in the last 10 years, we see those disparities widening,” said Megan Smith, Associate Professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry and in the Yale Child Study Center. Smith runs the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®, a program that offers mental health services to “overburdened and under-resourced mothers.”

Read more and listen to a podcast interview by Smith

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.