Creating Connections NH

Creating Connections NH
Building Treatment and Recovery Services for NH's Youth and Young Adults

Creating Connections NH is a system of care for youth and young adults (ages 12-25) with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD (COD). Creating Connections NH is implemented by the NH Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health within the NH Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Institute on Disability at UNH and community-based providers and peer support organizations. The primary project goals are to:

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  1. Design and provide training and supports to deliver developmentally appropriate, research-based screening and brief intervention to youth.
  2. Ensure that providers have the resources needed to conduct research-based assessments, including the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Checklist) to guide treatment planning.
  3. Design and provide training for implementation of developmentally-appropriate research-based treatment services consistent with System of Care values and principles and ASAM continuum of care, including training in the Seven Challenges.
  4. Provide training and support for the implementation of Alternative Peer Groups (APGs) so that youth and young adults have a social support network that is focused on offering healthy, substance-free activities.
  5. Identify critical barriers in state and federal licensing policies, rules, and regulations that interfere with the development of high-quality assessment, treatment, and recovery services for youth and young adults with SUD or SUD/COD.

Contact a Seven Challenges provider in New Hampshire:

  • PORTSMOUTH/EXETER: Seacoast Mental Health, smhc-nh.com, Contact Admissions Staff: (603) 431-6703
  • NEWTON/DOVER: Live Free Recovery, livefreerecovery.com, Contact Bob Faghan: (603) 702-2461
  • NASHUA: Greater Nashua Mental Health, gnmhc.org, Contact Jan Trudo: (603) 889-6147 x3258, Seven Challenges info
  • STRAFFORD COUNTY: Community Partners, communitypartnersnh.org, Contact Amanda Seavey: (603) 516-9300
  • LACONIA/PLYMOUTH: Lakes Region Mental Health Center, lrmhc.org, Contact Chelsea Lemke: (603) 524-1100, info@lmrhc.org
  • MANCHESTER: The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, mhcgm.org, Contact Jeanna Still: (603) 668-4111 x6436

Learn more about Alternative Peer Groups (APGs)

Download the Seven Challenges flyer

To find substance misuse treatment and more information, please go to the NH Doorway portal.

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