CONCORD —The New Hampshire Children’s System of Care (CSoC) has unveiled a new website, www.NHCSoC.org, dedicated to providing children, youth and their families with an easy-to-use mental and behavioral health resource and support directory. With this new streamlined tool, CSoC is continuing to transform the Granite State’s behavioral and mental health care services and supports for children and youth into an integrated, comprehensive system of care.

“Finding the right support isn’t always easy and knowing where to start is often the hardest part,” said Michele Watson, CSoC Communications Committee Chair and NH Family Network Coordinator at NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness). “That’s why the NH CSoC has assembled a list of resources available in the Granite State ranging from support groups for parents/caregivers, special education information, art and equine therapy opportunities, and more for the new CSoC website. We designed this site with families in mind, making it both easy to use and easy to understand.”

The new website features information about CSoC, a list of helpful acronyms, a resource directory along with news, events and initiatives that support children, youth and their families across the state. The family resource and support directory currently includes a growing list of 70 resources across New Hampshire that provide support in mental and behavioral health struggles to help families navigate challenging times.

According to NAMI, one in six youth in New Hampshire experience a mental health disorder annually. In 2020, 57% of Granite Staters with depression age 12–17 did not receive any care. “The mental health challenges that Granite State children and youth experience is at an alarming rate, and families find it difficult to find resources.,” continued Watson. “Our goal is that having support and resources available in a simple, unified web directory will enable youth and their families to get the help when it is needed.”

The website was funded by the New Hampshire Department of Education through the System of Care SAMSHA grant.

The NH Children’s System of Care (CSoC) is transforming NH’s children’s behavioral health care services and supports into an integrated, comprehensive system of care. The Advisory Council, established by the NH Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, is comprised of more than 50 New Hampshire child and family organizations and agencies focused on mental health and substance use disorders for children, youth and their families. Through a network of resources and support, CSoC is youth and family driven and community based. For more information, visit NHCSoC.org.

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