Children's Behavioral Health

Children’s Behavioral Health programs and services are established using the System of Care Values.

New Hampshire’s mission is to expand the System of Care for all children, youth and families needing and receiving publicly funded behavioral health services. This includes mental health and substance misuse across the lifespan and all levels of care. If you are worried about yourself or someone you love, we want to help you find support.

All Children’s Behavioral Health programs and services are established using the System of Care Values (RSA 135-F) which are: 

  • Family and youth driven
  • Community-based 
  • Trauma-informed 
  • Culturally and linguistically compete

Children’s Behavioral Health Acute and Crisis Care  

Care Management  

Community Based Treatment for Children and Youth  


Residential Behavioral Health Treatment for Children and Youth  

Comprehensive Assessment for Treatment (CAT) 

The State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will launch the independent Comprehensive Assessment for Treatment (CAT) services program as part of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), implementation of the system of care, and the State’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan on Tuesday, September 28.  

Assessments are conducted for children referred through Department of Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), Care Management Entities (CMEs), Hampstead Hospital, and the community to help determine the appropriateness of receiving care in residential treatment and creating individualized recommendations for the child’s care.  

DCYF, the CMEs, and Hampstead Hospital can submit referrals directly to Maximus via secure email at  

All other referral sources will submit to BCBH via secure email at for a prescreen and then referred to Maximus if determined to be an appropriate referral 

For more information, go to the Maximus website.

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