Mental Health/Behavior/Social Skills

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Concord, NH 03301
603-856-1653 - Heidi Toursie
www.naminh.org (teen supports)

NAMI is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those dealing with mental illness. They provide education, support and advocacy to those afflicted by mental illness and their families. They also have a Family Support Program, and parent education/support groups. NAMI has no costs to this program, or eligibility requirements, however families will need to register.


5 Pine Street Extension, #6 Mill Annex Unit B
Nashua, NH 03060

Directions is a program that works with children ages 12 – 21 to address areas of behavior, mental health, and substance abuse. All ages are together, and the program consists of group counseling, and a psychiatrist is also available. The program generally starts with six hours a day, and then is reduced to three hours a day. Currently (September 28, 2017) there is a three-week waiting list. Parents can self-refer to the program. Transportation is available to the program (not home afterwards), and most insurances can be billed. However, NH Health Families is not an insurance option with Directions. 

Locations in Derry, NH and Salem, NH

Main number: 603-434-1577
Group contact: Erin Wood, Email:, or Phone: 603-965-0656

Center for Life Management has a variety of services, including: therapy for adults, children, and families. They have many groups for children under eighteen which address areas including: social skills, vocational, self-esteem groups for those with learning disabilities, substance abuse, and anger groups. Some of these groups are covered by Medicaid only, while others are covered by all types of insurance. The groups run for 6-8 weeks.

Simply Social Kids

One Industrial Way
Unit 4
Tyngbsoro, MA 01879

Simply Social Kids offers social skills groups and bullying prevention programs. They also offere seminars and parent trainings. Simply Social Kids are unable to bill insurance, so their programs are private pay.


144 Canal Street
Nashua, NH 03064

Contacts: Michelle (ABA contact), and Kaleigh Hansen (Intake Coordinator)

Gateways has a variety of programs for children with developmental disabilities, and their families. They have Home Based ABA services, Case Coordination, Respite Care (family can also be reimbursed approximately $50 a month), and sometimes can provide reimbursement for workshops or trainings for families. There are no financial eligibility guidelines.

FAST Forward

603-271-5075 or 603-869-0027 or

FAST Forward is a four-year federally-funded initiative to improve the lives of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families by decreasing behavioral and emotional problems and improving functioning in home, school, and the community. In order to qualify for the program: families must be Medicaid eligible, experience difficulties in day-to-day life due to a mental health diagnosis, and the child must be at least six years of age. There is currently (October 2017) a waiting list, but interim services are provided. Once the referral is open FAST families are provided a Care Coordinator who conducts home visits, and can initiate additional services (including clinical therapy in the home). Families can start the process on their own, without a referral

Child and Family Services of NH

Manchester and Nashua locations
Contact Name: Lisa Anderson
Contact for Substance Abuse Intake for Adolescents and Young Adults (Ages 12+): 603-518-4229

Child and Family Services of NH Provides many services to families and children, including: counseling, home supports, home parenting, groups for parents with substance abusing children, and behavior supports. They work with children ages birth through twenty one.

Autism Intervention Specialists

547 Amherst St Suite 303
Nashua, NH 03063

Autism Intervention Specialists provide in home ABA therapy to families of autistic children. Some of these children are then referred to social groups, but they must be receiving ABA therapy. They do not provide additional services, or respite. Autism Intervention Specialists are able to bill most insurance, and also take private pay.

Hamstead Hospital

218 East Road
Hamstead, NH 03841
603-329-5311 (Request to speak with admissions for questions/referrals)

Hamstead Hospital has a variety of programs including an inpatient treatment program for children and adolescents. Referrals are not needed for this program however they will conduct a crisis evaluation (by phone) with parents or others who call for placement. Hamstead can bill insurance, or parents are able to pay out of pocket (approximately $600/day).

Greater Nashua Mental Health Center

YAP Program
603-889-6147 x3439

The YAP Program works with young adults ages fifteen through twenty six. The teenager must have an Axis I Diagnosis and be a SED student. The YAP program works on skills, including: daily living skills, vocational/career planning, peer relations, social skills, and symptom management. The program utilizes the “Renewal Model”. YAP does bill insurance for their services. 

The Upper Room

36 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038

The Upper Room has many programs for children and families. Under their Adolescent Wellness Services they have the “Take Control” class for youth in need of strategies to manage their anger. This class helps adolescents recognize when they are angry, and what makes them upset. It also helps to provide them techniques on how to communicate effectively, and how to handle conflict. 

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