Building mental health center staff capacity to provide for New Hampshire youth “Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work.”

RENEW IV Capacity Building Project

RENEW supports the needs of young people with emotional and behavioral disorders transitioning from school to adult life. 

The RENEW IV project represents collaboration between the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s ten community mental health centers, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

The goal is to build the capacity of mental health center staff to provide RENEW to Medicaid-eligible youth with emotional and behavioral disorders in every region of the state. 

This project is a continuation of work funded by the Endowment for Health (from 2009 to 2013) to develop RENEW facilitators and coaches.

From July 2014 to September 2016, the Institute on Disability will:

  • Develop an online and distance professional development system.
  • Support twenty community mental health staff members to be RENEW coaches. 
  • Train and coach at least sixty staff members to be RENEW facilitators in children’s programs.
  • Address and make adjustments to the financial, policy, and accountability infrastructures that govern behavioral health services for children and youth.
  • Improve RENEW outcomes of youth and young adults by increasing the involvement of family members, schools, and vocational rehabilitation programs with individual youth teams.

Project partners for the RENEW IV project include:

  • Endowment for Health
  • NH Community Mental Health Centers
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH
  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Granite State Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the RENEW IV project please contact JoAnne Malloy or visit their website for more information.