NH4Youth Blog

Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) is a core value of the New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) and benefits all NH youth.  CLC refers to the beliefs, behaviors, knowledge, skills, and systems through which individuals and organizations demonstrate empathy and understanding of and respect for the values, historical context, expectations, language and experiences of diverse

SB 331, a bill which would hurt New Hampshire's transgender youth, is up for a vote in the full Senate this Thursday, March 15th. An identical bill, HB 1560, was voted down in the NH House last week because it is wrong for New Hampshire's young people. Please call your Senator today and ask him or her to vote no on SB 331.

Earlier this week, the Senate Education Committee, in a 3-2 vote, voted to strike down SB 431, a critical bill which allows schools and organizations to collect the data necessary to comply with federal prevention grants, including those utilized for the system of children's behavioral health care.

The Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) supports state-level policy changes to transform New Hampshire's current mental health and substance use disorder system into an integrated, comprehensive system of care that is family driven and youth guided, community-based, and culturally and linguistically competent. As we begin the 2018 legislative session, multiple bills are up for debate which will have incredible consequences for Granite State youth and families.

Take a look at some of the Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative's 2017 policy and advocacy wins. Thanks to all who made this possible!

In 2016, with much input from the Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative, New Hampshire put into place a law which required the State to develop a comprehensive system of care for children with behavioral health needs. As an important piece of the law, the State must produce annual reports on their progress towards an integrated system of care.