The New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) announces the appointment of its new director Christine Alibrandi. Ms. Alibrandi brings years of leadership experience in non-profit, law firm, and corporate settings to CBHC, and is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire program.
She most recently served as the Director of Health Policy at Northeast Delta Dental, and prior to that was a managing attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Greater Boston Legal Services, among other roles. As a former foster parent, Ms. Alibrandi is personally knowledgeable of the challenges facing New Hampshire families with children in need of behavioral health services. As Director she will lead the implementation of CBHC’s strategic plan, “Transforming Children’s Behavioral Health Care: A Plan for Improving the Behavioral Health of New Hampshire’s Children”.
“We are excited to have someone with Chris’s background in advocacy, organizing, and law to lead this next phase of CBHC’s strategic plan’s implementation,” said Mary Steady, Chair of the CBHC Steering Committee. “Too many New Hampshire children in need of mental health or substance use treatment services continue to fall through the cracks due to the lack of integration and coordination among the systems serving them: primary care, mental health, substance use treatment, and schools. Chris will build on the success CBHC saw earlier this year with the enactment of state law RSA 135-F, a law requiring the State’s Department of Health and Human Services to create an integrated system of care for providing publicly-funded behavioral health services to children and youth in New Hampshire.”
According to Ms. Alibrandi, “Multiple forces are coming together and creating the opportunity now for systemic and lasting change in how the State of New Hampshire supports children, youth and families with mental health and substance use disorders. Surrounded by the Collaborative’s members, professionals and families with decades of experience in behavioral health, my goal in leading the implementation of CBHC’s strategic plan is to see the involved systems working effectively for the children and families. With effective systems, rather than focusing on getting the services their child needs to get through the day, the families can focus on helping their child realize his or her full potential.”