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NH DHHS Seeks Input on Potential Approach to Addressing Youth Inpatient SUD and Mental Health Treatment Needs in New Hampshire
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Issued by Division for Behavioral Health
Publish Date:
January 22, 2020

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding potentially establishing a psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) to provide inpatient mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services to youth in the State. The RFI seeks input on the opportunities in establishing a PRTF at the youth treatment center at the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC).

“The State has made tremendous efforts to address the substance misuse and mental health needs of our residents,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This service offering would complete the continuum of care and ensure that for the first time in New Hampshire, youths suffering from addiction, a mental illness, or both will be able to get the right level of care they need, when they need it and in the safest environment possible.”

DHHS Associate Commissioner Chris Tappan said the PRTF could fill the gap in critical services for youth. “The State’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan and the Children’s System of Care, both of which were developed with a wide breadth of input from stakeholders, identified the need for a setting where youths can address co-occurring substance use and mental health issues. The Department is interested in learning from subject matter experts, individuals with lived experience, their families and stakeholders to help us determine how best to close any gaps.”

DHHS seeks a broader understanding of the opportunities, factors, feasibility and challenges involved in implementing a PRTF, which is the highest level of residential care before a youth is admitted to an acute psychiatric hospital. A PRTF would ensure necessary treatment services are provided in a manner that is effective, organized, and impactful to children, youth, and young adults and their families. In addition, a PRTF will work in partnership with community-based treatment providers to ensure timely transitions back to their families and communities.

RFI submissions are due to DHHS by 3:00 pm on Monday, February 24, 2020. For more information and to review the RFI, please visit

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