N. Hamp. has 10 year plan for kids' mental health services; address waiting lists now

Jan 27, 2018, Portsmouth, NH, Seacoastonline: Report: Incremental progress in kids’ mental health system New Hampshire has made “important incremental improvements” in establishing a system of care for children with behavioral health needs, though significant gaps in services remain, according to an annual progress report issued by the state. … … The state is expanding a program called FAST Forward, which serves children with severe emotional disturbances and helps with peer support, respite care, transportation and other expenses. And for the first time, children will be included in the state’s forthcoming 10-year plan for mental health services. … According to the report, access to treatment remains a statewide challenge, as most mental health centers have long waiting lists for services and children often wait in hospital emergency rooms. The report also highlighted several areas in which the state falls short, including the availability of mobile crisis units, services for children under age 3 or over 16 and sub-acute treatment options….