Group describes progress on children's health

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group that has been working to fix New Hampshire's fragmented support system for children with mental health and substance abuse problems is providing an update on its work.

The New Hampshire Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative was created in 2010 and brought together more than 50 organizations. It released a plan a year ago focused on nine core goals, including getting families and children more involved in the planning and delivery of service and minimizing barriers between the agencies and institutions that provide those services.

An estimated one in five children in New Hampshire has an emotional disorder that affects their daily functioning, but collaborative members said last year that most who needed help weren't getting it. A briefing on progress made since then takes place Thursday in Concord.

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