It’s an honor no one wants: New Hampshire has the second-highest per capita rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation. To address this crisis, along with complex issues of mental health and substance abuse disorders, UNH has launched a behavioral health initiative across its campuses. Led by the College of Health and Human Services, the initiative aims to determine how UNH can better serve the behavioral health needs of the state.
“A diverse group of UNH faculty, staff and students is collaborating to highlight and improve upon the many efforts underway throughout the university,” says Lucy Hodder, director of health law and policy programs at the UNH School of Law. “Working also with the state, public and nonprofit sectors and the business community, the initiative will make strategic recommendations for aligning the UNH undergraduate and graduate academic curriculum with workforce needs, informing public policy and education through evidence-based research and enhancing behavioral health initiatives both within and beyond the UNH community.”