DHHS Unveils New Family Resource Center

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today opened the Office of Consumer & Family Affairs Resource Center at DHHS' Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH). The Resource Center will provide consumers dealing with mental health issues, and their families with books, articles, pamphlets and other information regarding illness management and recovery.

"We believe the Resource Center will benefit consumers and their families by providing them with helpful information and support as they move toward recovery," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. The resource center includes materials about State and Federal rules, regulations and recent policies, advocacy, person-centered treatment planning, wellness management, clinical diagnoses and parenting skills.

The Resource Center is part of the Office of Consumer & Family Affairs (OCFA). OCFA provides information, education and support for individuals who are dealing with mental illness. Its goal is to facilitate consumer and family input into all aspects of the state-funded mental health system as well as BBH's planning and policy development.

"It is our hope this new resource center will complement the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs," stated BBH Administrator Erik Riera. "We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and materials to make this a reality."

For more information or to contact the Resource Center, call Michael Bilson at 1-800-852-3345 ext 5045 (TDDNHRelay 1-800-735-2964) or mbilson@dhhs.state.nh.us.