IMPROVING THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

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, and public policy change within our children’s behavioral health systems.  Our emphasis on strategic grantmaking will allow us to have more sustainable impact in the field.

Selection Criteria and Application Process

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders. They focus on building a coalition, increasing the knowledge base, growing leadership and community support, and increasing funding and support for policy.

Contact Kim Firth to share an idea or opportunity for advancing the strategies and outcomes of the Children's Behavioral Health priority area.

NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative

NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative

The Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, a coalition of hundreds, produced and is now overseeing the state’s first strategic plan to address structural barriers and improve outcomes for children with behavioral health needs and their families.
NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network

NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network

The Institute on Disability at UNH facilitates a cross-disciplinary, coordinated training network to expand the array of services, promote research-based interventions, and improve core competencies of the children’s behavioral health workforce
Parent and Youth Engagement and Leadership Development

Parent and Youth Engagement and Leadership Development

Study series analyzes national best practices, an environmental scan of NH practices and a gap analysis
Creating a System of Care
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Creating a System of Care

Learn more about NH’s progress developing an integrated, comprehensive and accessible system for children with behavioral health needs and their families
Office of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education

Office of Student Wellness, NH Department of Education

Find out what our partners at the NH Department of Education are doing to create optimal outcomes for all NH children
Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Credential

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Credential

Endorsed by the NH Association for Infant Mental Health and the NH Child Development Bureau, this credential validates experience, commitment and competence in the fields of early childhood and mental health.

Children's Behavioral Health Grants

Children's Behavioral Health Approach

Children's Behavioral Health Resources