Foster Care Mental Health Program
Every child placed in first time foster care, relative care or in a general group home receives a Mental Health Assessment from an experienced children's clinician at the local Community Mental Health Center within 30 days of removal from home. This assists DCYF with early identification of mental health needs and facilitates timely mental health treatment interventions. This process provides the new caretaker(s) with critical information regarding the most appropriate methods to use to support this particular child in their new placement.
Certification of Mental Health Providers
Clinical Services monitors the Certification Process for Mental Health providers and while the certification process requires Criminal and Central Registry Checks and a current State Board of Mental Health License – the specific training requirements needed to treat children with trauma and attachment related Mental Health Issues needs to be demonstrated by the potential providers' education and training. Clinical Services monitors this aspect of certification.
Liaison to Bureau of Behavioral Health and New Hampshire Hospital
Clinical Services works closely with our BBH partners, the Community Mental Health Centers' Children's Directors, to improve access to services and increase their capacity to treat children in our care. We have linked them to DCYF by opening up all of our clinical training to their staff as well as NHH clinical staff.