NFI North provides a full spectrum of services to meet the unique needs for children, youth and families in NH. These services range in level of support and all are customized based on the identified needs of the family by the family.
NFI North is proud to be the Care Management Entity (CME) for New Hampshire, Department of Children’s Behavioral Health, FAST Forward Program.
As the Care Management Entity services for the FAST Forward program include:
- Provision of Individual Service Options (ISO) in-home services
- Wraparound Coordination
- Wraparound Coordinator training and coaching
- Wraparound team meeting attendance
- Provision of youth peer support
- Determination of needed customizable goods and services for the children/youth receiving services and their families
- Provision of stipends for customizable goods and services, and other non-Medicaid billable services
NFI contracts with many quality provider agencies to provide what is needed to ensure children, youth and families have what they need when they need it.
FAST Forward is a program designed to provide support to children, youth, and their families by using a high fidelity Wraparound approach, and adhering to a System of Care model. A System of Care model reflects a spectrum of community-based services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with, or at risk for, mental health and related challenges, and their families. The System of Care is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs in order to help them function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.
Many New Hampshire children, youth, and families experiencing difficulties in day-to-day life due to serious emotional disturbances have challenges finding the right support at the right time. They are often placed out of home in residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile justice facilities, or daytime programs. Many of these placements take the youth out of their local schools and communities. Despite the best intentions and hard work of families and providers, services are often fragmented and difficult to navigate for families.
The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative was founded in 2010 and has grown to include leaders of State Departments and organizations serving children, youth and families across a range of systems and settings. For more information about the collaborative and their systems change efforts go to: http://www.nh4youth.org
New Hampshire is making big strides to address these challenges using the NH Wraparound based program called FAST Forward. The FAST Forward program stands for “Families and Systems Together” and is designed to serve youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families whose needs are not met by traditional service streams and programs.
Family and Youth Driven
Family is at the core of FAST Forward’s work. Family members have a voice in describing their needs and strengths, and a choice in identifying services and their supports. Families take a leadership role in their families’ care as well as in policy, planning, and evaluation of the overall system. Youth voice is needed and valued, as youth are full participants in planning their care.
Community Based and Culturally Competent
Services are home and community based: keeping youth in their homes and schools is a priority. FAST Forward honors the culture and beliefs of each family served through this program.
Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire (YMNH)
Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) New Hampshire works as a diverse statewide collective to advocate for youth rights and voices in youth-serving systems. One of Youth MOVES NH’s hallmark services is Youth Peer Support. The Youth Peer Support role is designed to provide an empathetic connection from a place of similar lived experience and an example of success overcoming mental and behavioral health challenges. This role also serves to assist the youth with whom they work in identifying their personal strengths and finding clinical and community services and supports. The relationship between YPSS and youth is less formal than a mentorship, but contains more formal boundaries than a supportive friendship.
YMNH also provides youth leadership development and youth engagement services to school and community partners throughout the State of NH. For more information visit their website at http://www.youthmovenh.org or email the Program Coordinator, Hannah Raiche.
Foster Care Programs:
- Individual Service Option with Foster Care
- Foster Care through the Davenport Array with needed support
Foster care for children and youth (8-18) with emotional and behavioral challenges. NFI North offers foster homes (full and respite) for youth in need of a home environment with additional supports. This program offers trained and experienced family environments for youth.
For more information on our NH in-home and community-based services for families and their children please feel free to reach out and contact us – we want to help.
Call (603) 575-5687 or email Jennifer Altieri, Program Director