In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant to the New Hampshire Department of Education’s (NH DOE) Bureau of Special Education, with involvement of three Local Education Agencies (LEAs): Concord, Laconia, and Rochester School Districts. The three LEAs encompass 23 participating schools. The 4-year grant is designed to improve school climate and safety, while promoting the emotional well being of students by enhancing behavioral health supports in the school and local community. The NH SS/HS primary intervention is a pyramid prevention model known as the Multi-tiered System of Supports – Behavioral Health (MTSS-B). The MTSS-B model is used to improve school climate, increase student access to mental health services, engage family and community members, and build local prevention and mental health promotion capacity and infrastructure, with public preschools and schools as implementation hubs. We serve as external evaluator for NH SSHS, engaging in mixed method formative and summative process and outcome evaluation and promoting utilization of findings by stakeholders to improve the project.
NH SS/HS Logic Model
This model is a visual display of the NH SS/HS’s theory of change and identifies the inputs and activities that are proposed to lead to the program’s intended outcomes in five major element areas.
2015-16 NH SS/HS Annual Evaluation Report
This report summarizes progress of the NH SS/HS initiative in its five major elements, using a mix of narrative and descriptive quantitative data analysis and visualization.
2017 Qualitative Report: Meaningful Change Stories from NH’s SS/HS Initiative
This qualitative report details stories of meaningful change captured from school and community-based stakeholders in NH’s SS/HS initiative, derived from focus groups and key respondent interviews.