NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network

NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development NetworkWorkforce development is a critical element in the creation and sustainability of an effective cross-sector, interdisciplinary System of Care for children and youth with behavioral health concerns and their families. The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network was formed in 2009 with the specific task to develop Core Competencies. This collaborative was expanded in 2013 to include over 40 partners across child-serving sectors, disciplines, and contexts. These Principles of Organization are designed to formalize and codify the operation of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health (NHCBH) Workforce Development Network (The Network).

Our VISION:  New Hampshire’s children, youth, and families will receive the highest-quality services from entities and individuals who are concerned about children’s behavioral health. To that end, New Hampshire will have a highly-skilled and sustainable children’s behavioral health workforce with the capacity to support the healthy social and emotional development of every child, youth, and family. Individuals in the workforce are supported to pursue sustainable career pathways with lifelong learning opportunities and appropriate compensation for long term careers. This workforce cuts across multiple sectors and disciplines, including peer supporters with lived experience, technicians, para-professionals, community-support workers, and individuals with advanced degrees and licenses in the primary care, specialty care, education, and community-based sectors.  

Our MISSION: The mission of the NHCBH Workforce Development Network is to improve outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families by convening, promoting, developing, implementing, and disseminating research- and evidence-based practices and interdisciplinary workforce development activities.

We will accomplish our mission by supporting a sustainable, responsive, and effective cross-sector system for workforce development that uses research-based implementation strategies infused with the NHCBH Core Competencies and System of Care values and guiding principles.

We will do our work by:

  • Utilizing and promoting existing infrastructures and resources to deliver and enhance workforce development;
  • Creating a system for identifying and meeting the development needs of a diverse and cross-disciplinary children’s behavioral health workforce;
  • Creating new opportunities and collaborative structures for workforce development, aligned with state, regional, and local plans and activities; and
  • Establishing project- or topic-based working groups with clear missions and scopes of work.

The Network:

  • Supports existing CBH workforce infrastructures, projects, and resources that build workforce competencies and skills within the System of Care;
  • Convenes stakeholders to identify gaps and critical needs; explore and identify evidence-based and research-supported practices; disseminate best- and evidence-based practices; and choose, design, and implement a high-quality implementation structure, including securing resources and expert consultation to address the gaps; and
  • Identifies and develops new opportunities and collaborative structures for workforce development, aligned with the NH System of Care Law (2019), New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative Plan, NH’s 10-year Mental Health Plan, Senate Bill 14 (2019), and additional state and local projects and plans that impact children and youth with behavioral health concerns and their families.

Our Goals for 2020:

  • Incubate interdisciplinary workforce development and research projects;
  • Successfully implement the workforce development goals for the Creating Connections NH project for transitional-age youth (12-25 years old) with substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental health and SUD;
  • Ensure that all Wraparound Coordinators in the state are providing high-quality Wraparound throughout the state. We plan to train and provide technical assistance to 32 Coordinators and we will support systems implementation;
  • Expand and refine implementation of the work of the Center for RENEW Implementation throughout NH, nationally, and internationally;
  • Continue to develop and expand the work of the MTSS-B Collaborative, including training, coaching, and continuous improvement to schools in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavioral Health and Wellness; and
  • Continue to support the development and implementation of NH’s Youth Peer support workforce.