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Children's Behavioral Health

Friday, March 3, 2017

5 Minute Guide to: Investing in the Early Years

This 5 Minute Infographic Guide to: Investing in the Early Years provides a short overview.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

NH Children's Behavoral Health Core Competencies

The New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Core Competencies are the first step in developing a systematic and comprehensive human resources development infrastructure.  The mental health needs of children and families are becoming more and more complex, and there are increased demands on the system to implement evidence-supported practices, be more accountable for service provision and treatment outcomes, be more efficient, and shift from agency-driven treatment to family-centered, youth-driven care. To meet these needs, the Children’s Directors from New Hampshire’s 10 community mental health centers are working together to develop and implement a set of core competencies designed to enhance the ability of the workforce to provide evidence-informed and best practices in children’s mental health.
Friday, July 29, 2016

A Study of Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development

This report offers an explication of the youth engagement philosophy and presents strategies to achieve youth engagement that reflect a current understanding of best practices. This report is a companion to “A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development” prepared for the New Hampshire Department of Education and the Endowment for Health. The report begins with discussions of resilience and positive youth development to set the foundation for understanding best practices in youth engagement, followed by a presentation of best practices.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development

This report is the first of four products in this project, which has also produced “Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development”; “A 2016 Environmental Scan of Parent/Family and Youth/Young Adult Engagement Practices in NH”; and “Gap Analysis of New Hampshire Family and Youth Engagement Practices.”
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Study of Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development, Executive Summary

The New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Office of Student Wellness, within the New Hampshire Department of Education, have partnered to support a project to assist New Hampshire public system stakeholders to expand and improve parent, family, and youth engagement in community and state activities that promote the social-emotional development and behavioral health of New Hampshire’s children. One product of this project is a Study of Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development, detailing best practices currently in use across the country.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development, Executive Summary

The New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Office of Student Wellness, within the New Hampshire Department of Education, have partnered to support a project to assist New Hampshire public system stakeholders to expand and improve parent, family, and youth engagement in community and state activities that promote the social-emotional development and behavioral health of New Hampshire’s children. One product of this project is a Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development, detailing best practices currently in use across the country.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gap Analysis of New Hampshire Family and Youth Engagement Practices Conducted

The New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Office of Student Wellness, within the New Hampshire Department of Education, have partnered to support a project to assist New Hampshire stakeholders to expand and improve parent and youth engagement in community and state activities that promote the social-emotional development and behavioral health of New Hampshire’s children.  This document, Gap Analysis provides a brief set of recommendations for moving forward.   The Gap Analysis was conducted by comparing types of Best Practices described in the initial products produced by the project to the types of practices identified through multiple information-seeking actions about current NH practices.  Other products completed as part of this project include:

  •  A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development
  • A Study of Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development.
  • A 2016 Environmental Scan of Parent/Family and Youth/Young Adult Engagement Practices in NH.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A 2016 Environmental Scan of Parent/Family and Youth/Young Adult Engagement Practices in NH

The New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Office of Student Wellness, within the New Hampshire Department of Education, have partnered to support a project to assist New Hampshire stakeholders to expand and improve parent and youth engagement in community and state activities that promote the social-emotional development and behavioral health of New Hampshire’s children. The first step in this project was a Study of Best Practices in parent/caregiver engagement and leadership development and in youth/young adult engagement and leadership development. That step was fulfilled with the submission of “A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development” and its companion document, “A Study of Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development.” The second, simultaneous step in this project is the preparation of an Environmental Scan which presents information about current New Hampshire practices related to parent and youth engagement and leadership development; this document is that Environmental Scan.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Improving Child & Community Health: Addressing Workforce Challenges in Our Community Mental Health Centers (Full Report)

The Workforce Development Network of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, in conjunction with the Endowment for Health, the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and Antal Consulting, LLC, undertook a study to better understand the issue of staff turnover among child serving staff in community mental health centers and to provide the state and individual centers with recommendations on improving staff retention.  This research provides a strong launching point, both for immediate action and planning for the long-term stability of the mental health workforce.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Improving Child & Community Health: Addressing Workforce Challenges in Our Community Mental Health Centers (Summary)

The Workforce Development Network of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, in conjunction with the Endowment for Health, the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and Antal Consulting, LLC, undertook a study to better understand the issue of staff turnover among child serving staff in community mental health centers and to provide the state and individual centers with recommendations on improving staff retention.  This research provides a strong launching point, both for immediate action and planning for the long-term stability of the mental health workforce.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Improving Child & Community Heath: Addressing Workforce Challengs in Our Community Mental Health Centers (Webinar)

A webinar was held on May 4th, 2016 to discuss key findings in the new report.  Click here to listen to a recording.
Critical questions addressed during the webinar include: 

  • What are the multiple impacts of staff turnover to agencies, staff and families?
  • Which professions within the workforce are unlikely to meet current mental health needs?
  • What are some of the 29 strategies that a majority of staff indicate would play a major role in helping them to stay with their agency for three or more years?
  • What are some of the actions that can be taken at the national, state and regional level to address these issues?

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

State Funding, Structure, and Management Strategies in Workforce Development for Children’s Behavioral Health

This document is prepared to inform the Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Infrastructure Feasibility Study. The purpose of this document is to describe infrastructure models, processes, and funding strategies currently utilized in various states for children's behavioral health workforce development and to extract from the experiences of those states lessons that might guide NH in establishing and sustaining such an infrastructure.  The experiences described here demonstrate approaches against which feasibility can be measured for implementation in NH.  This report was written by Cliff Davis, Human Service Collaborative.

Friday, April 8, 2016

NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Comparative Inventory Matrix

This Comparative Inventory Matrix is prepared as one product of a Feasibility Study exploring the creation of a sustainable workforce development infrastructure for the New Hampshire children’s behavioral health workforce. The Feasibility Study builds upon several years of work by the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative to plan, develop, and sustain an effective system of care in the state.  The report was written by Cliff Davis, Human Service Collaborative.
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Readiness Assessment, a product of the NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Infrastructure Feasibility Study

This document is prepared to inform the Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Infrastructure Feasibility Study.  The Feasibility Study builds upon several years of work by the New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative to plan, develop, and sustain an effective system of care within NH. This Readiness Assessment reflects an integration of the information that has been gathered in the production of multiple products earlier in this project, assessing the feasibility of establishing a workforce development infrastructure in support of the NH system of care to respond to the needs of children, youth, young adults, and their families experiencing the challenges of behavioral disorders. This report was writen by Cliff Davis, Human Service Collaborative.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Transforming Children's Behavioral Health Care

This publication establishes the state's first documented plan for an integrated and comprehensive system of behavioral health care for our state's children and youth, presenting the action steps families, youth, leaders, professionals, and other stakeholders will take to achieve an effective System of Care for the next generation.  The New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative created the plan in 2013.

Also see the Children's Behavioral Health Strategic Plan Matrix.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Care Management Entity Policy Audit

New Hampshire is undertaking a process to implement a system of care to address the needs of children with complex behavioral health conditions, particularly those who are at risk for placement outside their home and community. New Hampshire’s establishment of a system of care follows a strategic planning process conducted by the state’s Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative involving child-serving agencies, family representatives, advocates, policymakers, and elected officials. The plan that resulted from that process identifies creation of a Care Management Entity (CME) as the most significant infrastructure change needed. The Disabilities Rights Center was asked by the Endowment for Health to conduct an analysis of available policy levers to support creation of a CME in New Hampshire. As part of that analysis, a review was conducted of other jurisdictions that have developed similar systems of care and have utilized CMEs to coordinate care for youth involved in multiple systems and with complex behavioral health needs.
Monday, October 1, 2012

Improving the Mental Health of NH's Children and Their Families (Exec Summary) - Endowment for Health Theme Implementation Evaluation

Executive Summary.  This document describes the work and the accomplishments during the five-year implementation period of the Children’s Mental Health theme (PY2008-2012). It also examines opportunities and needs in the field and provides recommendations for next steps.
Monday, October 1, 2012

Improving the Mental Health of NH's Children and Their Families (Full Report) - Endowment for Health Theme Implementation Evaluation

Full report.  This document describes the work and the accomplishments during the five-year implementation period of the Children’s Mental Health theme (PY2008-2012). It also examines opportunities and needs in the field and provides recommendations for next steps.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Compentencies

The New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health is pleased to provide the following professional competencies related to early childhood and family mental health. These professional competencies are intended to guide the preparation and ongoing professional development of service providers in various fields who have a role in supporting families with young children. The skills and knowledge necessary for promoting the social and emotional development of children and for recognizing and addressing mental health issues are the purview of multiple disciplines.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Talk About Children's Mental Health

Frameworks Institute reports the findings from a series of studies that set out to: (1) document the cultural models available to ordinary people when they think about children's mental health, (2) observe these models in action as small groups of people negotiate conversations about child mental health, (3) identify the major challenges for communicating about these issues, and (4) develop, refine and test frame elements -- specifically, values and simplifying models -- that might deepen understanding of the core tenets of the science of child mental health, and evoke a more productive public discussion.
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Violence in their Homes

This project was designed to develop regional and local strategies to improve the mental health outcomes of children and their families who are exposed to violence in their homes, as well as to identify ways to strengthen the systems of care.
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Changing the Conversation About Child and Family Mental Health

In 2008, FrameWorks began a multi-year study of American thinking about child and family mental health. Building on a decade of research on public perceptions of children’s issues, this research was designed to compare expert understanding with public patterns of thinking and to use framing research to close the conceptual gap. The full research design includes both qualitative and quantitative methods, documenting the dominant frames used to explain these issues in media and in expert discourse, as well as providing extensive documentation of how the public hears these communiques. The reports that follow document an evolving “core story
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Children's Mental Health: What Every Policy Maker Should Know

The national Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of america’s low-income families and children. Using research to inform policy and practice, NCCP seeks to advance family-oriented   solutions and the strategic use of public resources at the state and national levels to ensure positive outcomes for the next generation.
Friday, January 1, 2010

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Abused Children in NH

This report summarizes an assessment to determine if the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) can increase their capacity to link child abuse victims and their families to evidence-based mental health services.  Child Advocacy Centers are community partnerships designed to coordinate multidisciplinary investigations of child abuse and other child victim crimes. The CAC team typically includes law enforcement, the County Attorney's Office, the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), victim advocacy agencies and the medical and mental health communities. This report summarizes an assessment to determine if the CACs can increase their capacity to link child abuse victims and their families to evidence-based mental health services.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Children's Mental Health Services in NH

NH's mental health care system is under assault. The impacts of the broken system are seen in the stress it is putting on local law enforcement, hospital emergency rooms, the court system and county jails, and, most importantly, in the harm under-treated mental health conditions cause NH citizens and their families. This report is a compilation of research that examines children's mental health services for early childhood, school-age children, adolescents and young adults, and vulnerable populations.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Reclaiming Our Future: A Pathway for Treating Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substances Use Disorders in NH's Adolescent and Young Adults

This report contains a description of the prevalence of co-occurring disorders among young Granite Staters, as well as the challenges facing them and their families, including barriers to accessing integrated, appropriate treatment and support.
Monday, July 20, 2009

Supporting the Direct-Service Workforce in Behavioral Health Programs for Children and Youth in NH

This report examines the condition of the direct-service workforce in children's behavioral settings in New Hampshire. Many programs are under significant stress due to the tightening fiscal climate and changes to state policy that increasingly favors intensive in-home services over residential treatment for children diagnosed with mental, emotional and behavioral problems. Staff in residential agencies report that they are working long and erratic schedules, and that their programs are understaffed and under-resourced. Despite their generally high educational levels, direct-service workers are poorly paid and some benefits, such as tuition reimbursement, are eroding. Weaknesses in the workforce are expensive for agencies and can affect client care. Yet it is likely that they will grow more crippling in the near future, as residential treatment becomes a last resort reserved for the most challenging young people. This report recommends a series of supports to bolster the direct-service workforce, and urges agencies to use this transition in services to craft creative solutions to workforce problems.
Friday, May 1, 2009

Mental Health Services for NH's Young Children and Their Families: Planning to Improve Access and Outcomes

This study examines the availability, accessibility and quality of early childhood mental health supports and services for New Hampshire's youngest children and their families.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mental Health Services in NH's Schools

This work – combining surveys of both school districts and schools and interviews with community mental health centers across the state – is designed to be an initial assessment of how this system is administered and funded, the mental health conditions driving this system, the services that it provides, and the manner in which the system assesses its progress in ensuring the mental well being of its children.
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Mental Health Services for NH's Children-2007

Data on mental health service use is critical to understanding the system of mental health care for children. In addition, such data can provide a baseline against which policymakers can assess access to mental health services in light of prevalence estimates or future policy interventions designed to increase access to mental health services. This analysis assesses private insurance claims data, Medicaid data, and data on care provided to those without insurance from hospital discharge data and from the community mental health system. This report is one of a series of reports commissioned to inform policy-makers about the status of mental health in New Hampshire. This analysis is designed to answer basic questions about the mental health service system by analyzing the services that are being provided to those with mental illnesses.
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Few and Far Between? Children's Mental Health Providers in NH

According to the 1999 U.S. Surgeon General report, one in five children has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and the vast majority of these youth – even those with the most severe impairments – receive no or inappropriate care. In New Hampshire, mental health practitioners have pointed to a shortage of providers, particularly child psychiatrists, as a primary cause of these unmet needs. These practitioners have described long waiting lists for appointments and the need for children living in rural areas to travel long distances for treatment. This paper provides an overview of the currently available data on mental health providers across the state.
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Collecting Family Voices on Children's Mental Health

The NH Children’s Mental Health Focus Groups were convened by The National Alliance on Mental Illness NH (NAMI NH) in New Hampshire. This focus group report provides an understanding of the thoughts of family and youth with mental illness as well as hear the observations and attitudes towards NH children’s mental health service system (public and private). This project provided us with important information as we planned the Endowment's  priority area, Improving the Mental Health of NH's Children and Their Families. It also offered insight into the education and support needs of families dealing with a child and/or adolescent with mental illness.
Friday, December 1, 2006

Girls Speak Up

Adolescence is a critical period in the development of attitudes, behaviors, and life-style choices that can enhance health and well-being among young people.