NH Mental Healthcare Access in Pediatrics

The NH Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics (NH MCAP) Program provides tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination to pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions.

Mental health disorders in NH’s pediatric population ranks high compared to national averages. According to the 2021 National Survey of Children's Health, 32.3% of NH youth had one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition, and of those, only 55.5% 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:

  • Train, 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.


How Does MCAP Work?

MCAP ensures that more children have access to behavioral health care screening, diagnosis, treatment, and referral.

NH MCAP has recently been awarded an additional three years of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue the program from September 2023 through September 2026.

Be on the lookout for more NH MCAP Pediatric Mental Health Project ECHO cohorts and teleconsultation services being offered soon. Click here to join the MCAP listserv and be alerted when these offerings become available!

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 $700,000 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.