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DHHS Establishes Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health to Integrate Services for New Hampshire’s Youngest Residents
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Division of Behavioral Health
Publish Date:
May 18, 2016

Concord, NH - A comprehensive, integrated approach to children’s behavioral health supports the health and emotional development of children as they transition to adulthood. In an effort to ensure a coordinated system of care for the State’s youngest residents, Jeffrey A. Meyers, Commissioner of the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), today announced he has established the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health.

“The Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health will coordinate these services to ensure issues can be addressed at a young age, leading to better outcomes and healthier lives for New Hampshire’s children,” Commissioner Meyers said. “Research has shown that earlier intervention can lead to better outcomes. The Bureau will work with other DHHS programs, providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that a comprehensive system of care will be implemented to get children and their families the help they need.”

The Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health will function within the DHHS Division of Behavioral Health, which Commissioner Meyers established in March 2016. The new Bureau, along with the Bureau of Mental Health Services, the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, and the State’s behavioral health facilities, will unify the delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to all of the population groups accessing these services.

The New Hampshire Legislature recently voted in favor of SB 534, legislation that would coordinate and integrate children’s mental health services in a system of care. By unifying children’s behavioral health services within the Division of Behavioral Health, DHHS will be able to reach children throughout the system of care, transforming a strained mental health and substance use delivery system and providing a greater focus on the services and supports children in the State need.

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