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