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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

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.

To submit comments:

Beth Anne Nichols
State Planner: MHBG Behavioral Health
Telephone: (603) 271-5118
Beth.Nichols@dhhs.nh.gov


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