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Senator Whitley Introduces ACEs Treatment and Prevention Act

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

CONCORD – Today, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) introduced SB 444, also known as the ACEs Treatment and Prevention Act, to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. SB 444 builds on the many years of bipartisan work to improve the children’s mental health system and identifies solutions to better support New Hampshire’s young children to help prevent crises down the road.

After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:

Over the past two years we have witnessed soaring rates of mental health challenges among children, adolescents, and their families, exacerbating the crisis that existed prior to the pandemic. We know that early intervention impacts can improve children’s cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health and wellbeing. SB 444 builds upon the work done through the passage of SB 14, supports New Hampshire's 10-year mental health plan, the council for thriving children’s 2020 strategic plan for early childhood, and DHHS’s infant and early childhood mental health plan to improve the access to and quality of care across the continuum of mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment. I am proud to sponsor SB 444 and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to advance this important issue.”



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