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Boston Children's Hospital - Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

Boston, MA

What is it?
Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP) is the community behavioral health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. CHNP places clinicians in schools and community health centers to provide a comprehensive array of services to children where they live and learn. The program focuses on some of the most underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods to help increase access to services, promote healthy social-emotional development, build the sustainable behavioral health capacity of partner organizations, and create systemic change in the delivery of behavioral health services.

Who is it for?
Underserved and under-resourced children, adolescents and families in Boston

Why do they do it?
Children growing up in these communities face multiple factors that put them at greater risk of experiencing behavioral health problems, including living in communities with high rates of poverty, significant family stress, exposure to interpersonal violence and systemic discrimination.

Impact
Between 2013 and 2014, CHNP reached 1,800 youth and provided 750 hours of training and consultation to 165 teachers and parents.

Contact: Shella Dennery, Ph.D., LICSW
Director, Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships
Telephone: 617-919-3201
Email: shella.dennery@childrens.harvard.edu


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