IMPROVING THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

Social and emotional health is fundamental to our children. We support The Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative as it works to transform the way we care for children and youth with the most complex behavioral health challenges.

AT A GLANCE

One in five New Hampshire children have an emotional disorder that impacts their daily functioning at home, in school or in their community. Of those children receiving mental health services, approximately 43% are diagnosed with a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Overview

Mental health – social-emotional well-being – is fundamental to overall health and an important contributor to a child's success in school and in adulthood.  Unfortunately, social and emotional disorders are common, impacting one in five NH children, many of whom do not receive the services and supports they need to get back on a healthy developmental trajectory.  The children’s behavioral health system is underfunded, fragmented and uncoordinated, leaving children and families without access to the integrated supports needed to address problems early, when treatment is most effective and efficient.  Our investments to date have helped to chart a new course for the NH children’s behavioral health system.  We will continue to proactively invest in leadership and advocacy, institutionalization of workforce competencies, capacity for research-based interventions, and efforts to reform financing within our public children’s behavioral health systems.  Our emphasis on strategic grantmaking will allow us to have more sustainable impact in the field.

Outcomes

Our grants in children’s behavioral health advance three outcomes:

  • Community-based capacity to deliver evidence-based, individualized treatment is increased
  • Field has sustained leadership and advocacy infrastructure to promote practice, policy and systems change
  • Public financing of children’s behavioral health care is better coordinated and offers a fuller array of services

Selection Criteria and Application Process

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders.   Interested applicants should contact Kim Firth to discuss an idea and opportunities for advancing strategies and outcomes.

Contact Kim Firth for more information.