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NH Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics
(NH MCAP) Program

MCAP logoMental health disorders in NH’s pediatric population ranks high compared to national averages. According to The National Survey of Children's Health, 12.6% of NH youth have one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition, and of those, nearly half received mental health treatment or counseling within the past year.
The goals of the NH Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics (NH MCAP) program are to:

  • Group of kids on a beachTrain, educate, and support NH's health care providers to identify and care for children with mental health conditions;
  • Enable front-line health providers to receive provider teleconsultation services about the identification and treatment of children with a mental health condition;
  • Enhance delivery of services through the creation of a referral directory of all pediatric mental/behavioral health services and supports.

  • October 2020
    The NH MCAP Program is concluding its very first Project ECHO Cohort on pediatric depression and anxiety that began in March 2020. Along with facilitating ten monthly 1.5 hour ECHO sessions that provided trainings, case study presentations, and provider teleconsultation opportunities with the faculty of pediatric mental health subject matter experts, NH MCAP has also recently released their 2020 Behavioral Health Referral Directory for NH Pediatric Primary Care Physicians Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. This directory contains mental health services in New Hampshire to support pediatric primary care providers in offering successful referral options for their patients who may need mental health services.

    Project Echo logoWe are excited to announce that the next NH MCAP Project ECHO cohort will be held from February 2021 through November 2021 and will focus on ADHD and Trauma. If you are a pediatric primary care provider and are interested in enrolling or learning more, please contact Erica Tenney at Erica.Tenney@dhhs.nh.gov or (603) 271-4536.

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This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $445,000 with 20% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

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