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Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative (SUMHI)

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

  • 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
  • 2-1-1 New Hampshire
    Listing of hotlines and other resources multiple topics

Current and recent news and events

  • 2018 NH Behaviorial Health Conference Materials
    Six sessions from the 2018 NH Behavioral Health Conference that meet training requirements for NH DSRIP/IDN projects are now posted at the Northern NH Area Health Education Consortium (NNHAHEC) site. Free of charge with CE credits.
    Topics include:
    • The Community Care Team: A Model Strategy for Systems Alignment
    • Understanding and Addressing Substance Use Disorders as Chronic Medical Conditions
    • Enhanced Care Coordination for High Needs Populations from Multiple Perspectives
    • Core Competencies for Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
    • Chronic Disease information for Behavioral Health Providers
    • Facilitated Integrated Care Success with Co-Occurring Disorders: A Case Study
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative Youth Summit 2019
    Friday, April 5, 8:00 am to Saturday, April 6, 5:00 pm, Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH
    For more information, view the event page.
  • Update on Dartmouth Hitchcock Initiatives to Optimize Care of Patients with Opioid Use Disorders and Reduce Opioid Related Harm
    Monday, Mary 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
  • Enhancing the Awareness of Mental Illness
    Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, D-H Manchester
    Registration is now open (limited to 50 attendees).
    For more information and to register, visit the event page.
  • De-Stigmatizing Approaches
    Monday, February 11, 2019, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, DHMC Auditorium A
    Teri LaRock MSW, LICSW: Clinical Program Director at Mom’s in Recovery Cheri Breyer, CRSW: Recovery Coach at Mom’s in Recovery Families in recovery and with addiction often feel stigmatized, making change difficult. If we can re-frame how we approach families who have various social vulnerabilities, then we can support them with care and compassion, strengthening their support and meeting various needs to improve health.
    Event materials:
  • Trauma Informed Care Presentation
    Monday, January 7, 2019, DHMC Fuller Board Room
    Erin Barnett, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and The Dartmouth Institute who will present on foundations in understanding child trauma, its impact on children and families, and approaches to providing trauma-informed care that supports understanding, healing, and coping.
    View the event video.
  • Clinical Science of Addiction
    Monday, December 10, 2018, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, DHMC Auditorium F
    Seddon Savage MD, MS, is a clinician, educator, and advocate in the fields of addiction medicine and pain medicine. Addiction impacts the brain both shorter and long-term which can lead to changes in the way individuals with addiction behave, react, and experience the environment around them. Understanding these changes can help us address the disease of addiction more effectively.
    View the event video.
  • DHMC Stigma Training Op for MAs/LNAs
    Monday, December 10, 2018, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, DHMC Auditorium E
    This is a potential opportunity for our various projects to engage their MAs and LNAs in training related to the impact of mental health stigma. For more information about the program and registration, please see the Enhancing the Awareness of Mental Illness program flyer (PDF).

Read about our past news and events.