As New Hampshire school districts, families and children prepare for the summer, the community mental health centers are gearing up to offer robust and multifaceted services throughout summer camps. The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Community Behavioral Health Association, is utilizing federal COVID-19 response funds to offer mental health training for camp counselors, as well as be on site at many camps throughout the state to help with children’s mental health needs.
The ten community mental health centers around the state will be designating staff from each center to be on site at camp locations weekly. Additionally, camp counselors ages 14 and above will receive mental health trainings to successfully address any issues that may arise during camp. The counselors will receive training virtually or in person and will include an overview of the community mental health centers and focused instructions for accessing emergency services in instances where referrals for youths experiencing an acute mental health crisis are made to local CMHC emergency services.
If you’d like to learn more about the programs available in your area, you can find your local community mental health center HERE.
Specific contacts for each CMHC is available HERE.
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