Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HS) is dedicated to creating safe and supportive schools and communities through the building of partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice systems.

Program Overview:

In 2013, the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Special Education was awarded an $8.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a four-year Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning Project.   Concord School District was chosen as a local partner, along with Laconia and Rochester School Districts, and will receive $2.1 million in federal funding to carry out the grant activities over 4 years. 

Program Goals:

SAMHSA expects:

  • an increase in the number of children and youth who have access to behavioral health services,

  • a decrease in the number of students who abuse substances,

  • an increase in supports for early childhood development,

  • improvements in school climate,

  • a reduction in the number of students who are exposed to violence.

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