DHHS - NH Participates in Strategic Planning Conference Aimed At Improving Support Services For NH Veterans

Concord, NH - A group of New Hampshire leaders are participating in a strategic planning conference this week geared toward improving services to help meet the needs of veterans returning from war and their families. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration, is holding the “Returning Veterans and Their Families Strategic Planning Conference and Policy Academy,” through August 13 in Bethesda, Maryland.

New Hampshire is one of ten state teams picked to participate in the Conference. New Hampshire’s team is led by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Associate Commissioner Nancy Rollins. “This is an opportunity,” said Rollins, “for our State to receive specialized technical assistance designed to streamline and improve the effectiveness of mental health and substance abuse services to our military personnel. It will also provide us with a forum to share best practices.”

New Hampshire’s Team includes leaders from state government, the NH National Guard, the NH National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Office of Alcohol and Drug Policy, University of New Hampshire, the Workforce Opportunity Council, and Easter Seals. The Team met for a pre-academy meeting and will continue to work together after the Policy Academy to finalize and implement a strategic plan.