Coffee & Conversations

About the Series

Coffee & Conversations is a discussion series jointly organized by the Carsey School of Public Policy, the State of NH Bureau of Education and Training, and the NH Association of Certified Public Managers to engage public service professionals in learning, problem solving, and collaboration. We’ll provide the coffee, you provide the conversation!

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Upcoming Coffee & Conversations!

June 2023

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

Wednesday, June 14, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Online

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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.

Join us for a conversation with the DHHS Director of the Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health, Rebecca Ross, moderated by Carsey Interim Director Dan Bromberg, about 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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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. 

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About Our Partners

NH Bureau of Education and Training

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The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs – including in LEAN process improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialing – to all public employees of New Hampshire.

NH Certified Public Managers

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The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program’s primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Level II, which results in CPM status being awarded.