FAST Forward was a 4-year federally-funded (SAMHSA) initiative to improve the lives of NH children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families through the creation of youth-guided, family-driven system of care, aligned with the 2013 NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) Plan. Through partnerships within the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and community-based providers, FAST Forward offered access to individualized services, aligned with the needs of each child/youth and family, and guided by a strengths-based, wraparound service planning process. These enhanced services and supports build resilience, coping, and strategies for families to better meet their child’s behavioral health needs and to improve outcomes and functioning in home, school, and community. Following the end of grant funding in September 2016, the management of FAST Forward transitioned from NH DHHS to a sustainable home at NFI-North. BHI served as external evaluators for the FAST Forward grant, and continues to support, monitor, evaluate and improve NH system of care initiatives. For more information about FAST Forward and System of Care principles and values, please visit the NH CBHC website
Results of the Community Supports for Wraparound Inventory for FAST Forward, February 2015
National Wraparound Initiative/Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) report on FAST Forward’s capacity to support Wraparound implementation nearing the end of the grant period.
FAST Forward Community Readiness Assessment, November 2016
This report presents data and analysis of the readiness and capacity of NH communities/regions to provide high-quality, coordinated services and supports to children and youth with serious emotional needs and their families from assessments completed in 2014 and 2016.
Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative Network Assessment, December 2016
This report described a social network analysis of the NH Children’s Behavioral Health in 2015 and 2016.
FAST Forward Family Experience of Wraparound, December 2016
This report provides a thematic analysis of FAST Forward family members’ experiences wraparound.
FAST Forward System of Care Final Interpretive Evaluation, December 2016
This report represents our best estimate of the degree to which FAST Forward attained its goals, through September 30, 2016 based on all available evidence gathered on FAST Forward since 2013, across three domains: 1) Environment & Infrastructure, Leadership, Policies; 2) Practice; and 3) Collaboration.
Wraparound Practice Final Report, January 2017
This summary report presents a final analysis of all FAST Forward wraparound-related data, ending with recommendations for future NH System of Care initiatives.