Sununu to sign child welfare bills

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he’ll sign two bills aimed at helping New Hampshire children, putting aside his initial concerns about one of them.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill to add 77 caseworkers to the Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has faced increased scrutiny after several child deaths and struggled with high turnover and heavy workloads. Sununu’s proposed budget funded only a fraction of that number, because he worried the state wouldn’t be able to fill them quickly and money would lay dormant.

Bill to reform mental health system for children clears House

CONCORD — The House on Wednesday joined the Senate in passing a bill that invests $18 million over the next two years to reform the state’s mental health services for children.

The bill passed in the House on a voice vote Wednesday, cleared the Senate 24-0 in March, and will now be included in budget negotiations between the two chambers in June.

Its provisions include an estimated $4.5 million to create a mobile crisis unit for children, with a group of practitioners who can be deployed on short notice for emergency mental health evaluations.

House Approves Children's Mental Health Bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill aimed at strengthening New Hampshire's comprehensive system of care for children with mental health problems has moved another step forward.

The state in recent years has been building a system that emphasizes family-driven, community-based services coordinated across child protection, juvenile justice and other systems. The House on Wednesday passed a follow-up bill, the centerpiece of which is the creation of mobile crisis teams for children within an hour's reach statewide.

Senate Bill 14 Needs State Funding to Be Implemented

PRESS STATEMENT
June 5, 2019

CONTACT: Meghan Farrell, 508-423-5185

SENATE BILL 14 NEEDS STATE FUNDING TO BE IMPLEMENTED

CONCORD, N.H. – On Monday afternoon, Senate Bill 14, which dramatically improves our system of supports for Granite State children, was signed into law. However, the Senate has not yet passed a budget which fully funds the bill. In response, Becky Whitley, Policy Director of the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative released the following statement:

Advocates work to raise awareness of children's mental health

Effort launched at start of Mental Health Awareness Month

CONCORD, N.H. —

Experts, advocates and leaders in the crusade to battle the stigma of mental illness brought their message Wednesday to the State House steps for the kickoff of Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

Advocates said they're focused on children's mental health, an issue they said is sometimes difficult to tackle, but acceptance is the first step along the path to recovery.