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The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), supports public mental health services and encourages the development of creative and cost-effective systems of community-based care for people with serious mental disorders.

Through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant to the States, the CMHS works in collaboration with each State to develop and implement its own State Mental Health Plan for improving community-based services and reducing reliance on hospitalization.

The State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC), required by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), reviews and monitors the biennial Mental Health Block Grant plan. The council also monitors the mental health services and support system throughout the state. Its membership is comprised of interested individuals, including:

  • Consumers of mental health services;
  • Family members of consumers;
  • Program advocates;
  • Service providers; and
  • Representatives of State of New Hampshire service agencies.

The MHPAC meets quarterly. These meetings are public. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply:

MHPAC (Mental Health Planning & Advisory Council) Membership Application Microsoft Word Symbol

SAMHSA believes that requiring states to submit plans for their behavioral health care systems is in keeping with SAMHSA’s governance of federal funds to require states to explain what their objectives are in the use of the funds and how they intend to spend them. Having the states submit a plan including performance measures allows SAMHSA to hold the states accountable for goals that they have set for themselves.

Mental Health Block Grant NH Plan: Federal Fiscal Years 2020-2021

American Rescue Plan Mental Health Block Grant NH Plan: Federal Fiscal Years 2021-2025

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) directed the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide additional funds to support states through Block Grants to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for Americans with mental illness and substance use disorders. The SAMHSA provided states with mental health block grant spending guidance for the awards that focus on community mental health services for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). The Mental Health ARP Spending Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for NH has been submitted to SAMHSA and is pending federal review.

Public Comments are Welcomed

The State seeks comments from the public on the State Mental Health plans, reports, and the programs it supports. The Bureau of Mental Health Services encourages and welcomes such comments at any time.

Title XIX, Subpart III, section 1941 of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C.§ 300x-51) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol requires, as a condition of the funding agreement for the grant, states will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the state block grant plan. States should make the plan public in such a manner as to facilitate comment from any person (including federal, tribal, or other public agencies) both during the development of the plan (including any revisions) and after the submission of the plan to SAMHSA.

Public comment period for the FFY 2022-2023 Community Mental Health Services Block Grant will be from August 13, 2021 through August 27, 2021. Please submit comments to the MHBG State Planner cited below.

To submit comments:

Janelle Lavin, MHBG State Planner
Bureau of Mental Health Services
Telephone: (603) 271-5118
Email: Janelle.C.Lavin@dhhs.nh.gov

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