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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.

Help lines and links

  • 2-1-1 New Hampshire: Listing of hotlines and other resources multiple topics
  • The Doorway: The central resource for substance treatment in the State of NH.
  • 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)
  • Harm reduction education and technical assistance project (PDF)
    For more information, contact:
  • New Hampshire Behavioral Health Summit
    Monday, December 16 to Tuesday, Decemer 17, Doubletree Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH
    For more information and to register, view the event page.
  • MAT Courses:
    • Thursday, October 17, Concord
    • Friday, November 18, Bretton Woods
  • CMC's 5th Annual Summit on Treatment of Opioid-Dependent Patients
    Friday, November 15, 7:30 am to 4 pm, Courtyard Marriott Nashua/Merrimack
    For more information and to register, view the event page.
  • New England Alliance for Health Conference on Rural Health NH/VT: We CAN Do Better!
    Monday, September 30, 9:15 to 10:30 AM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
    For more information, view the event page.
  • C. Everett Koop Tobacco Treatment Conference
    Friday, September 27, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Auditoria E & F
    For more information and to register, view the event page.
  • 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.
  • Update and discussion of D-HH initiatives to optimize care of patients with MH and SUD challenges
    September 16, 2019, 5 to 6:30 pm, DHMC Auditorium F and by Webex (Event Materials)
  • "Treatment of Pain and Addiciton in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder" presented by Charles Bracket, MD. Friday, September 13, Anesthesia Conference Room, Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Behavioral Health ECHO:
  • 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 For more details and to register, visit the event page. Continuing Education Credits are available.
    • 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
  • 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).

Read about our past news and events.