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DHHS Receives Grant Aimed At Improving Mental Health Services
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH) is announcing it will receive a $220,000 grant that will assist in improving the delivery of mental health services in the State. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) selected New Hampshire as one of 13 states to receive an award.

"This grant will be instrumental in allowing New Hampshire to continue improving community mental health services and promote an efficient and effective service delivery system," stated (former) BBH Administrator Erik Riera. "The use of outcomes measures will be an invaluable tool for clinicians in tailoring services and supports to the needs of the individual through a person centered approach, and provide outcomes data for the overall system to more effectively manage resources to match the needs of individuals and families in services."

The grant will be used to implement mental health outcome measures for anyone receiving or requesting services from the designated community health programs around the State. Two public domain tools will be utilized to collect and report on the data: the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and the Adults Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). These tools have been demonstrated to be highly effective in supporting a person centered treatment planning process, improving communication and collaboration with an individual’s supports and services in the community, empowering individuals and families in the service planning process, and promoting a more effective management of service resources and supports over time.

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