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State Planning Grant

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The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Special Education, Office of Student Wellness was awarded an $8.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a four-year Safe Schools and Healthy Students State Planning Project. The NHDOE, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH) will be the oversight and coordinating entities responsible for project implementation.

The project will be implemented in three NH school districts and communities: Concord, Laconia, and Rochester. In addition, NHDHHS' Division for Children, Youth and Families, Juvenile Justice Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, NH Parent and Family Organizations, Regional Mental Health Centers, and other various partners will be working closely over the four-year period to complete the following goals in each of the three communities:

  • Promote early childhood development
  • Promote mental, emotional and behavioral health for all students
  • Strengthen relationships between families and the schools
  • Decrease substance use
  • Create safe and violence free schools

Safe Schools/Healthy Students in Action!

  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students pilot sites catalog opportunities for early childhood care and education in their communities!
  • Concord School District develops two family resource centers!
  • The Rochester Schools, Police, and Community Center create opportunities for teens to be engaged over the summer!
  • Laconia School District and Genesis Behavioral Health partner to provide in school mental health services to those who need them!
  • Substance use prevention takes center stage in Safe Schools/Healthy Students pilot sites!

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Links to Pilot Sites

Laconia Safe Schools/Healthy Students Web site
Rochester Safe Schools/Healthy Students Web site

In the News

May 2015: Riverbend Community Mental Health Center - Currents Newsletter Acrobat Reader
March 2015: NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative E-News

Other Information and Resources

NH Communities for Children Overview PowerPoint
Needs Assessment and Environmental Scan Acrobat Reader
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage Acrobat Reader
Low and No Cost Summer Activities in the Lakes Region Acrobat Reader
Summer Technical Assistance Training Acrobat Reader
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards Acrobat Reader

For more information, please contact:

Mary Steady, M.Ed.
(603) 271-3730

Michelle Myler, M.A.
Project Coordinator
(603) 271-4018

Kelly Untiet
Information Dissemination Coordinator

Terry Stafford
Program Assistant

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