The MOMS Partnership® Is Growing!
We have been delighted and humbled to receive significant interest from government leaders to bring the results of the MOMS Partnership® to other communities across the country.
For public health leaders, implementing the MOMS Partnership can be a way to help moms and children achieve new levels of mental and physical wellbeing.
For Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) systems, implementing the MOMS Partnership can be a way to address mental health barriers to completing a training program or getting and holding a job.
For child welfare agencies, implementing the MOMS Partnership can be a way to ensure parents have more of the supports they need to raise children in healthy, safe homes.
For superintendents and principals, implementing the MOMS Partnership can be a way to even increase school attendance among children of caregivers struggling with depression.
Whatever the motivation, these leaders believe, as we do, that amazing things can happen when we partner with women, meeting them where they are, to advance family mental health as a pathway to economic and social mobility.
Setting forth on this common ground, and fueled by the generosity of philanthropic supporters, we are currently embarking to implement the MOMS Partnership in partnership with government agencies in three new local sites, with service delivery to begin in all three by Fall 2020 at the latest.
We know there is much preventable pain in communities across the country. We know we can do something about it. And so we begin a new journey.
MOMS Partnership® Orientation
In partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Mathematica, Yale held a MOMS Partnership Orientation on February 21-22, 2018 in Washington, D.C., gathering leaders from TANF and other public systems from several communities across the country. The event provided a deeper dive to help these leaders assess whether replicating the MOMS Partnership would be the right fit at this time. Photos from this convening are on the left. Stay tuned for more information about how and where we're growing!
MOMS Headed to DC!
The MOMS Partnership® is expanding and headed next to Washington, DC! We are pleased to announce an official collaboration with the DC Department of Human Services to replicate MOMS through the DC welfare (TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program. Women in the District will be able to participate in MOMS’ services by early 2019. United in our focus on two-generation approaches to support the whole family, we look forward to working with the DC Department of Human Services to help mothers and their children flourish in their daily lives.
Embracing 2-Gen: Findings from the District of Columbia's TANF Survey
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.