NH DHHS Urges Support Of Children, Youth And Families During COVID-19: DCYF Sees Decrease in March Abuse and Neglect Referrals [New Hampshire] [Webpage].
New Hampshire. Division for Children, Youth, and Families.
State Resource Public Policy Report
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Published: April 1, 2020
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852
Tel: (844) 275-3447
This webpage explains the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is urging communities to continue to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes March data from the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) shows a significant decrease in referrals to DCYF’s Central Intake, compared to the same time period over the past two years. New child abuse and neglect referrals are down nearly 50% each week overall, and DCYF is experiencing decreases in referrals from community members who normally see children face-to-face on a regular basis, including schools and child care settings (63%); mental health providers (43%); social workers (54%); and medical providers (40%). Referrals from law enforcement agencies were comparable and referrals from parents and families increased by 38%. The issuance of Emergency Order #22 is then explained that authorizes emergency funding for critical child protection services, including domestic violence and substance use supports, expansion of the DCYF Strength to Succeed Program, additional technology support for DCYF-involved families, and the creation of a support line to help families address and manage interpersonal challenges.This funding will ensure that New Hampshire families continue to receive the right services at the right time during the COVID-19 emergency. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; State disaster response; remote service delivery; New Hampshire; communicable diseases; shelter in place order; child abuse reporting; child abuse; funding; Child protective services