The decline in children helped by the New Hampshire Child in Need of Services program continued to 73 percent from 2012 to 2013, the Carsey Institute said. At its lowest point in 2013, the program served just 89 children, down from about 750.
"As a result of this change, the state no longer could serve children with less serious truant, runaway, and other misbehaviors. Instead, responsibility for addressing these children's needs shifted to local communities where families, schools, law enforcement, and service providers were tasked with handling them without the resources and court-ordered support previously available to them under the former CHINS law," the researchers said.
Carsey researchers also found that the number of reports of child maltreatment - such as child neglect and child abuse - increased by 13 percent.
The Carsey researchers also found that narrowing who was eligible for the program had a detrimental impact in communities served by the program because they had fewer services and supports to deal with issues such as truants, runaways and less severely mental ill youths.
Earlier this year, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation reversing some of the cuts.
The research was supported by New Hampshire Kids Count.