CONCORD NH — While mental health services have historically been targeted towards adolescents and adults, there is growing recognition of the need for increasing the availability and capacity of services and programs to promote healthy social, emotional development for young children and their families. The Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation commissioned, and today released, an assessment of the capacity of the workforce serving this population in the New Hampshire.
The objectives of the assessment were:
- To identify who is providing early childhood and family mental health services, where, how, and with what training and credentials.
- To identify barriers, beyond those of financing, to providing and accessing early childhood mental health services.
Early childhood mental health services refers to both clinical mental health services and child and family strengthening programs (e.g., home visiting, family resource centers). The inclusion of family strengthening programs is consistent with the New Hampshire 10-year Mental Health Plan. The assessment used a mixed-methods approach, including key informant interviews, focus groups, a survey of providers, and collection of secondary data. It was produced by Health Resources in Action.
For key findings and recommendations: