CONCORD, NH – As New Hampshire’s next legislative session approaches, New Futures, a health and wellness advocacy organization, has hired Becky Whitely as their new Children’s Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator to work primarily to carry out the policy priorities of the Children Behavioral Health Collaborative’s policy committee and working to identify and implement policies to transform the way we care for New Hampshire children and youth with the most complex behavioral health challenges and their families.
Becky received a B.B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. After graduating from law school, Becky worked with the Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC) as a staff attorney for 8 years, managing a busy caseload representing children and families navigating New Hampshire’s complicated service delivery system. During her time at DRC, Becky had a particular specialty and interest in children’s issues and Medicaid policy - working with children and families involved in multiple systems. She worked on issues such as access to appropriate medical, special education and other community-based services and developed a deep understanding of the programs and services available to New Hampshire children. She also saw first-hand the gaps in the systems set up to serve our children. From 2015-2017, Becky transitioned from practicing law and worked with the Environmental Defense Fund as a consultant for Moms Clean Air Force. During this time, Becky worked with a diverse group of activists, stakeholders and elected officials to build public and political support for climate action and to highlight the impact of climate change on children’s health.
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents.New Futures Kids Count is a branch of New Futures focused on collecting and disseminating critical and reliable state-level data, policy recommendations, and tools for legislators, public officials, and advocates to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families. Learn more at www.New-Futures.org.