Improving Children's Mental Health in New Hampshire

Dates: 2009-2010

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): Endowment for Health

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health, Maternal and Child Health

In New Hampshire, the array of appropriate mental health services for children is often limited by the capacity of the state agency in charge of their care. In addition, no single agency provides a full continuum of services nor ensures that mental health needs are first addressed at the community level before referral to high intensity out-of-home placement.

JSI implemented the Administrative Services Organization (ASO)-Children's Mental Health project on behalf of the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to create an integrated care and service delivery system for children with mental health needs who receive care from one or more governmental agencies. The project assessed current systems and care outcomes for children in residential placement, formed an advisory panel, consulted national experts, and piloted a process to coordinate care and funding mechanisms to improve outcomes for children with mental health needs. This project was funded by the NH Endowment for Health and continues with JSI serving as lead evaluator of the pilot.