LACONIA — The Laconia School District is pleased to announce that McKenzie Harrington-Bacote will become the SAMHSA Grant Administrator-Director this month. Ms. Harrington-Bacote has worked at the New Hampshire Department of Education and was one of the key authors of this significant $8.6 million federal grant for New Hampshire.
Ms. Harrington-Bacote will be responsible for coordinating the administration of the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant in our community. This multi-year $2.15 million grant is focused on increasing the number of New Hampshire children and youth who have access to behavioral health services, decreasing the number of youth who abuse substances, increasing the capacity of our community agencies to provide early childhood development services, improving school climate and reducing the number of children who are exposed to violence. Laconia is one of three communities in the state to receive these funds and to be participating in the process of improving cross agency collaboration to support children and youth.
Ms. Harrington-Bacote has experience and expertise in developing collaborative partnerships with several key organizations in our state, including the Endowment for Health, the Institute on Disability at UNH, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services.