Lakes Region Mental Health Center Receives Grant that Supports Children’s Programming

Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC)was recently awarded a grant from the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction to design and implement a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) team that would consist of a Case Manager, Child & Family Therapist, a Supported Employment and education provider, a psychiatrist, and includes primary care coordination and family support and education.  The CSC team would provide Evidenced-Based Practices to transitional-aged youth (adolescence to early adult) in the Lakes Region. Last year, LRMHC served 1,039 children under the age of 18.

“We are very grateful for the support from the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction.  The first episode of psychosis typically occurs in midst of the critical developmental period of adolescence and young adulthood and can impact all major spheres of functioning and there are often long delays between symptom onset and the receipt of evidence-based interventions. Early treatment of psychosis leads to the best outcomes and helps young individuals stay in school and employed as opposed to requiring life-long state-funded services.  Currently, New Hampshire does not offer specialized care for individuals with first episode psychosis statewide,” stated Maggie Pritchard, Chief Executive Officer. 

“This grant will help fund the start-up costs associated with First Episode Psychosis service implementation, to include resources needed to outreach to local schools and to support the training, staffing and monitoring of the LRMHC team while it is still reaching a full caseload.  We are very appreciative of the Children’s Auction ongoing support of our mission” said Charlotte Hassett, Director of Child & Family Services at LRMHC.