“It is easier to build Strong Children
than to repair broken men”
– Frederick Douglas
One in five New Hampshire children has a diagnosable mental health disorder—an estimated 56,000 of our children, from toddlers to young adults. Mental health disorders are more common in children than asthma or obesity, and early intervention is critical to a child’s future success. Unrecognized and untreated, mental illness that occurs in childhood often continues into adulthood. To ensure the best outcomes for our children, the Lakes Region Mental Health Center works collaboratively with schools, primary care providers and others to help a child reach his or her full potential.
Each child’s treatment plan is designed to meet his or her unique needs and involves the family whenever possible. While some children may only need a few counselling sessions, others may face more difficult challenges that require additional services. A treatment plan may include one or more of the following services:
Functional Support Services
Functional Support Services are provided in the community, at home, in school or in other daily settings. This community-based service helps the child learn and practice new skills where they live, learn and play. It also provides parents with the skills and resources they need to better support their child.
Our Emergency Services team is available to provide evaluations in person, over the phone or via telemedicine, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your child is in crisis and you need Emergency Services, please call 603-528-0305.
Child to Adult Transition
As youth with mental health needs move from childhood to adulthood, the services and supports they need may change. Our Children & Family team can work with the child and family as they transition to the Adult Services Program. Lakes Region Mental Health Center is a participant in Project Renew, a program for transition-age youth.
LRMHC Sponsors and participates in the annual NAMI Walk each year and has won awards for the largest number of participants which includes staff and patients/families. Our previous Board President and current Board Secretary is both a NAMI NH employee and family member. Each year LRMHC holds a community mental health awareness event that NAMI NH supports by providing resources and staff for the event.
Collaboration with DCYF
Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC) recognizes the importance of collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) as a means to enhancing the care and protection of children and families in need of mental health services. LRMHC staff are cognizant of their role as mandated reporters. LRMHC also understands that we have an important role in reducing stigma and educating the public about mental health. The local district office does not have a family assistance team. Instead, we provide DCYF liaisons from both the Children and Families Program, and the Community Support program. These Liaisons serve in this capacity and perform the following functions:
• Monthly attendance at meetings with DCYF staff to facilitate better communication and the exchange of information and paperwork as needed.
• Meetings as needed with the District Supervisor to exchange programming updates and talk about staffing status, etc.
• Individual or Team meetings as needed with direct staff for information exchange on specific cases and to ensure that staff have current documents, releases, intake packet information etc.
• Informal and formal training on LRMHC processes and other aspects of LRMHC work.
• Schedule assessments (intake) when we are contacted and foster and streamlined communication.