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Report: N.H. mental health beds full because there are not enough community treatment options

Friday, May 2, 2014

One patient in a New Hampshire psychiatric ward this winter had been waiting 180 days to find an appropriate place to go after being declared ready to leave. Children ready to leave the hospital after being treated for mental illness waited on average eight days. Elderly patients waited on average 21 days, clinically ready to go back to their communities but unable to leave the hospital, often because they had …

A year of change, momentum for mental health in New Hampshire

Sunday, February 16, 2014

One year ago last week, Gov. Maggie Hassan implored legislators to help fix a mental health system that was leaving dozens of patients languishing for days in hospitals unable to treat them. She proposed a biennial budget with $28 million to address “one of our most pressing public health challenges,” the lack of …

State settles lawsuit alleging it segregated the mentally ill; system fixes to cost millions

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The state has settled a lawsuit that alleged it needlessly institutionalized people with mental illnesses instead of providing adequate resources in their home communities. It agreed to expand services for people in crisis as well as to do more to help people with mental illnesses live independently. The settlement doesn’t prescribe how much the state must spend to accomplish those tasks; that is …

Report to Readers: A four-day focus on the state’s troubled mental health system

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sometimes it seems like Monitor journalists have been writing about the state of New Hampshire’s mental health system forever. And forever, it seems, patients and their advocates have been trying hard to get the attention of the public and politicians. Their message, year in and year out: The …