As New Hampshire’s next legislative session approaches, New Futures, a health policy and advocacy organization, announced that Becky Whitley has joined the organization as the new Children’s Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator. In her role, Becky will carry out the policy priorities put forth by the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, while working with stakeholders to identify and implement policies that will transform the way we care for youth with complex behavioral health challenges, and their families.
Becky received a B.B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. After graduating from law school, Becky worked with the Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC) as a staff attorney, representing children and families navigating New Hampshire’s complicated service delivery system. During her time at DRC, Becky had a particular specialty and interest in children’s issues and Medicaid policy - working with children and families involved in multiple systems. She worked on issues such as access to appropriate medical, special education and other community-based services and developed a deep understanding of the programs and services available to New Hampshire children. She also saw first-hand the gaps in the systems set up to serve our children. From 2015-2017, Becky transitioned from practicing law and worked with the Environmental Defense Fund as a consultant for Moms Clean Air Force. During this time, Becky worked with a diverse group of activists, stakeholders and elected officials to build public and political support for climate action and to highlight the impact of climate change on children’s health.