Funded by the Endowment for Health, the Center has published a series of paper describing, the prevalence of mental illnesses in New Hampshire's children, the use of medical services for mental health, the current workforce capacity for mental health services, and the state of evidenced-based practices across the state. - Reports
- Mental Health Services in New Hampshire’s Schools (04-17-2009)
As the Center has noted previously, as many as 55,756 children, ages 5 – 19 have a diagnosable mental health disorder and almost 14,000 have a serious emotional disturbance.Most of these children are educated in the New Hampshire public school system. Understanding if, and how, public schools manage the behavioral health issues of their students is of obvious public policy significance.
Despite this policy significance, comprehensive information about the role of schools in mental health services in New Hampshire is not available. This work – combining surveys of both school districts and schools and interviews with community mental health centers across the state – is designed to be an initial assessment of how this system is administered and funded, the mental health conditions driving this system, the services that it provides, and the manner in which the system assesses its progress in ensuring the mental well being of its children.
- Children's Mental Health in New Hampshire (09-01-2007)
This paper is one of a series of reports commissioned to inform policy-makers about the status of mental health in New Hampshire. This analysis is designed to answer basic questions about the mental health status of New Hampshire’s children through an assessment of mental health prevalence estimates and an analysis of service use in the public Medicaid and privately insurance systems.
- Few and Far Between? Children's Mental Health Providers in NH (09-01-2007)
According to the 1999 U.S. Surgeon General report, one in five children has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and the vast majority of these youth – even those with the most severe impairments – receive no or inappropriate care. In New Hampshire, mental health practitioners have pointed to a shortage of providers, particularly child psychiatrists, as a primary cause of these unmet needs. These practitioners have described long waiting lists for appointments and the need for children living in rural areas to travel long distances for treatment. This paper provides an overview of the currently available data on mental health providers across the state.
- Mental Health Services for New Hampshire's Children (09-01-2007)
Data on mental health service use is critical to understanding the system of mental health care for children. In addition, such data can provide a baseline against which policymakers can assess access to mental health services in light of prevalence estimates or future policy interventions designed to increase access to mental health services. This analysis assesses private insurance claims data, Medicaid data, and data on care provided to those without insurance from hospital discharge data and from the community mental health system. This report is one of a series of reports commissioned to inform policy-makers about the status of mental health in New Hampshire. This analysis is designed to answer basic questions about the mental health service system by analyzing the services that are being provided to those with mental illnesses.
- Children's Mental Health: Evidence-Based Practices in New Hampshire (09-01-2007)
This report is part of an investigation designed to inform the current knowledge base regarding evidence-based practices (EBPs) both nationally and in NH, the current status of EBP implementation in the state, and areas policy makers might consider as it supports improvements in access to EBPs in mental health services for New Hampshire children and adolescents. National literature on best practices and interviews with national and regional mental health experts serve as the basis for this report.