Project THRIVE

Program Overview

Project THRIVE is a collaborative, community-based initiative working towards strengthening families by linking them with resources to meet specific needs. Project THRIVE is a free and voluntary program.


Program Details

  • Project THRIVE works with families experiencing high levels of stress
  • Once a family completes a referral form, a representative will be in contact with the family within  three business days after the referral is received
  •  Each referral is reviewed at a Provider Network meeting
  • The Provider Network is comprised of primary care providers, including mental health, social service agencies, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, local government agencies and others, who have made a commitment to work collaboratively to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to families and eliminate service duplication   
  • A Project THRIVE staff will link the family with resources to meet specific needs (i.e. home visits, parent education, etc.) and resources through flex funding to address unmet needs (i.e. transportation, co-payments, specific housing or family issues to prevent escalating crises, etc.)
  • Eligible families will receive Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a short-term, specialized behavior management program for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. PCIT works with the child and caregiver to improve overall behavior and reduce parenting stress
  • PCIT is designed for children ages 2- 7 years old
  • PCIT has been successful with: Children with oppositional/defiant and/or aggressive behaviors; Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Children experiencing adjustment problems in school or within the family; and Children impacted by substance abuse or parental abuse/neglect.
  • Goals of PCIT:Improve your parent/caregiver-child relationship; Improve your child's minding and listening; Increase your child's ability to manage frustration and anger; Increase your child's appropriate social skills; Improve your child's attention skills; and build your child's self-esteem.
  • Benefits of PCIT: Children with challenging behaviors often have difficulty in home, childcare, public and school settings. Should their behaviors continue or increase, they are likely to interfere with the child's learning abilities and development of appropriate social skills. The overall effectiveness of PCIT has been well-established through scientific research. Positive changes in children's' behaviors have been seen in home, school and childcare settings. These changes have even been noted in siblings of children participating in PCIT. At the completion of PCIT, parents/caregivers report a high level of satisfaction and decreased parental stress levels.




The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Children’s Trust Fund