Committees and Workgroups
The children’s behavioral health workgroups are busy implementing over three hundred activities to improve the system of care.
If you are interested in learning more about or joining a workgroup, click each title to expand below.
NH’s Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and Department of Education (NH DOE) have established the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Advisory Committee to improve the well-being of children and families; promote coordination across state agencies; identify cost-savings, opportunities to increase efficiency, and improvements to the service array and service delivery system and effectiveness; and assist and advise the commissioners of the department of education and the department of health and human services on the system of care principles and values and implementation of RSA 135-F. The Advisory Committee is comprised of youth and families with relevant experience and members of the child-serving public and private agencies, including experts in education, community-based and facility-based behavioral health services, and effective administration of private and public educational and health services.
Adele Bauman, Advisory Group Chair
With the NH System of Care values at the guide, the Communications Committee promotes community advocacy, outreach and awareness while working toward positive mental health outcomes for New Hampshire children, youth, and their families. The Communications Committee oversees the content of this website, distributes the NH CSoC Newsletter, runs the Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest as well as other activities to increase awareness and reduce the stigma around children and youth mental health.
Michele Watson, Communications Committee Chair
The NH MTSS-B Advisory Committee (MAC) is a multi-sector, state-level group that provides input on NH’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health and Wellness (MTSS-B), a comprehensive, tiered framework of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to promote student wellness and improve engagement in learning. The MAC informs MTSS-B statewide strategies and planning efforts and supports awareness and dissemination of the framework throughout NH schools and communities. The committee consists of representation from the NH Department of Education, the Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health, the Behavioral Health Improvement Institute, school districts, community mental health centers, other behavioral health entities, MTSS-B Consultants and coaches, youth, and mental health education and advocacy groups.
Megan Phillips, MTSS-B Committee Chair
The System of Care Implementation Team (SoCIT) was originally formed in 2016 to develop and stand-up NH’s youth- and family-driven wraparound model. That included developing a training manual, fidelity instruments, and outcome measures. AS NH’s System of Care has expanded, the SoCIT expanded its mission to stand up enhanced care coordination for youth in residential care in additional to continuously monitor wraparound practice. The goal is to ensure that all CSoC implementation partners, including the Care Management Entities (CMEs), Family Support partner (NAMI-NH). Youth Peer Support Partner (YouthMOVE-NH), the evaluation partner (the Behavioral Health Improvement Institute at Keene State eCollege), and the training and technical assistance partner (the Institute on Disability at UNH), are working in sync and promoting consistently high-quality practice.
Joanne Malloy, System of Care Implementation Team Committee Chair
The Care Management Entity Workgroup (CME) is focused on the assurance that youth and their families are experiencing System of Care valued support and care coordination through a feedback loop for discussing, addressing, and elevating needs of youth and their families. On behalf of the youth and families served, CME Workgroup is also a space for sharing higher level system barriers. The group is comprised of several stakeholders that support the expansion of CME programming or impact CME programming in various ways. The CME Workgroup invites guest speakers to present surrounding various community-based and system level programs that can help to provide guidance and resources to CME members.
Daryll Tenney, Care Management Entity Committee Chair
The Behavioral Health Equity Workgroup (BHEWG) works to identify disparities, improve equity in access, and promote the use of culturally relevant and meaningful behavioral health services that will create an effective and high-quality behavioral health system for all. The group is comprised of members from both the public and private sectors, whom have an interest in improving behavioral health services for all NH residents.
Shirley Tolinson, Behavioral Health Equity Committee Chair