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Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative (SUMHI)

Our vision

A health care system where mental health and substance use disorders are treated with the same urgency, respect, and seriousness of purpose as other illnesses and discrimination does not occur.

Dartmouth Hitchcock (D-H) is dedicated to optimizing all care related to substance use and mental health throughout its health care system by continuously improving clinical practice, education, research and targeted community partnerships.

This website is intended to bring together resources to support clinicians in better addressing substance use and mental health issues, to share information on care improvement projects, and to invite engagement of others in the work of improving care of persons with behavioral health challenges.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative (SUMHI) is a multidisciplinary collaboration that engages a number of departments and projects both within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system and the greater community. SUMHI is funded through the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health Management Council, with leadership from the D-H Department of Psychiatry.

Crisis lines

  • 2-1-1 New Hampshire: Listing of hotlines and other resources multiple topics
  • Substance related crises: 1 (844) 711-4357 (HELP)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Crisis and Consultation Services:  1 (800) 556-6249
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255
  • Teen crisis intervention: 1 (800) 639-6095
  • D-H Addiction Treatment Program: Offers state-of-the-art evaluation, treatment, and referral services for people seeking help for substance use and related disorders. (603) 653-1860

Current and recent news and events

  • Highlighted Resource: Alcohol and Health Patient flyer and brief educational video (PDF)
  • ProHealth NH Conference 2019: ProHealth 4 Youth & Young Adults
    Wednesday, September 18, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, NHTI, Concord, NH
    For more information and to register, view the event page.
  • Using ASAM Criteria to Create Person-Centered Treatment
    Wednesday July 10 and Thursday, July 11, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH
    • July 10: Understanding and Using the ADAM Criteria to Engage Individuals into Collaborative Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
    • July 11: Improving Skills in Assessment, Placement and Treatment Planning Using the ASAM Criteria to Deliver Person-Centered Substance Use Disorder Services
    For more details and to register, visit the event page. Continuing Education Credits are available.
  • Opioids and Pain in Older Adults Program
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, Lebanon, NH
    To register, visit the event page.
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training or Health Care Providers: A Program for Nurses, LNAs and MAs
    June 10, 2019, 7:30 am to 12:15 pm, DHMC Auditorium E
    For more information, see the event flyer (PDF).
  • Opioid pharmacotherapies for primary care and criminal justice populations: low threshold, low barrier approaches to naltrexone and buprenorphine treatments
    Thursday, May 23, at 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Aquarium Conference Room, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH
    Presented by the Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network
    Presenter: Joshua Lee, MD
    For more information, view the event page.
    View the webinar online via Zoom.
  • Free Eight-Hour MAT Waiver Course
    Monday, April 29, 2019, DHMC, Auditorium G
    Presenters: Charles Brackett, MD and Sanchit Maruti, MD
    For more information, view the event page.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Endocarditis Related to Injection Drug Use: Marker of an Epidemic
    April 19, 2019
    View the video.
    View the event slides (PPTX).
  • Project ECHO Partnership for Academic-Clinical Telepractice: Medication for Addiction Treatment (PACT-MAT)
    The third Thursday of every month beginning April 17, 2019, University of New Hampshire
    For more information, see the event flyer (PDF).
  • Shield Our Children From Harm: Building Blocks of a Healthy Community
    Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, DHMC
    Keynote: "Working with Families, Maximizing Children's Resilience," presented by Alice M. Forrester, PhD (clinical psychology), CEO, Clifford Beers, New Haven, CT.
    For more information, see the Shield Our Children flyer (PDF).
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Youth Summit 2019
    Friday, April 5, 8:00 am to Saturday, April 6, 5:00 pm, Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH
    View the 2019 Youth Summit website.
    View the event slides (PPTX).
    View the Magnify Voices Film & Writing Contest entries and award winners.
  • Stigma as Discrimination: Impact on Treatment Strategies for Success Webinar
    Monday, April 1, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, online webinar
    View the event slides (PDF).
  • Update on Dartmouth Hitchcock Initiatives to Optimize Care of Patients with Opioid Use Disorders and Reduce Opioid Related Harm
    Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, DHMC Auditorium H
    Meeting goals:
    • Update D-H staff and others with interest on recent advances within D-HH to improve care of patients with OUD/SUD and reduce opioid related harm
    • Inventory any unidentified or persisting challenges related to care of patients with OUD and/or other initiatives
    • Identify opportunities to expand engagement
    Event video
    Event slides (PPTX)

Read about our past news and events.