Over the next several weeks, the N.H. Dept. of Health and Human Services is looking for input from the public on a draft of a new ten-year plan for the state's mental-health system that has been in the works for several months. Among the areas in need of substantial improvement, according to many: children's mental health care. The draft is due by mid-October, with the final version due in November.
Dellie Champagne - Community engagement coordinator for the N.H. Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative. She has also advocated for many years on behalf of her son who is 24 and doing well after struggling with Asperger's syndrome and mental illness.
Ken Norton - Executive director of NAMI- NH. He also serrves as a key advisor for the state's new 10-year plan.
Erica Ungarelli - Director of the Bureau for Children's Behavioral health at DHHS; she has been involved in developing the new 10-year plan and helping to lead discussions around the state.
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Here is the draft of the new 10-year plan for improving the state's mental health system -- now being presented around the state for public input.
Here is the 2008 10-year plan for improving New Hampshire's mental health sytem:
Last May, The Exchange: In Depth covered the state's mental health system. All those programs and show write-ups can be found here.