Supporting Children's Behavioral Health in a Post-Pandemic World


Wednesday, June 14, 2023

In the wake of a global pandemic that dramatically altered the landscape of children’s behavioral health around the globe, New Hampshire’s newly established Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care provided the foundation to adapt to the new circumstances and continues to provide critical services to New Hampshire children in a changed world.

In our June conversation, the DHHS Director of the Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health, Rebecca Ross, moderated by Director of Carsey's Center for Social Policy in Practice Jess Carson, discussed new developments in how the Bureau is collaborating with providers to support the wellbeing of our youth and what other opportunities may lie ahead to strengthen behavioral health care for young New Hampshirites. 

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About the Speaker

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Rebecca Ross is the Director of the Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Prior to taking this position in January 2022, she served as legal counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other state agencies primarily in the areas of the behavioral health, child protection, and the criminal justice systems.  She started at DHHS in 2004 and then went to the New Hampshire Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2007 until 2018 when she left her position as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Bureau to return to DHHS as General Counsel & Legislative Liaison for the Division for Children, Youth and Families.  While at DOJ, Rebecca represented the State in state and federal courts, argued appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and provided legal advice.   Prior to her legal career, Rebecca studied physical therapy at Northeastern University and was a practicing physical therapist. In 2002, she started at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she focused on healthcare policy and public administration.