Dr. JoAnne Malloy Recognized for Life-Long Commitment to Improving Children's Behavioral Health

November 22, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. - On October 23, the New Hampshire Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative (NHCBHC) presented Dr. JoAnne Malloy with the third annual Jennifer Wierwille Norton Memorial Award for her life-long commitment to improving the child-serving system in New Hampshire. 

The award recognizes a champion of children's behavioral health who embodies Jennifer Weirwille Norton's commitment to children, youth, and their families, as well as: 

  • Demonstrates a dedication to making progress in children's policy through leadership to advance social change.
  • Inspires systems to change by building community and trust.
  • Exhibits courage, conviction, and hope.

Dr. Malloy is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral health for children and youth. She has directed several state and federally-funded youth transition, employment and dropout prevention projects with a focus on youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Notably, in 1996, Dr. Malloy helped develop a transition planning and support model for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders, known as RENEW (Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural supports, Education, and Work). RENEW has since been replicated in educational, mental health, school and juvenile detention settings across the United States.

A colleague of Dr. Malloy said, "JoAnne uses her lifetime of relationships and connections to build strong bridges across all disciplines and agencies to ensure children, youth, and families have what they need when they need it." 

"The selection committee unanimously selected Dr. JoAnne Malloy to receive this year's award," said Dellie Campaign, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative. "JoAnne's many tireless efforts have had a major impact on strengthening the child-serving system in New Hampshire. We are thrilled to be able to recognize her many years of commendable service and commitment."

RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth. The model focuses on supporting each youth to design and pursue a plan for the transition from school to adult life. RENEW has substantially increased the high school completion, employment, and post-secondary education participation rates among our most vulnerable youth.