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In Crisis
Client Zachery Fuller holds his dog Gracie while talking with Kate May, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team Leader at West Central Behavioral Health (WCBH), Thursday, February 13, 2014 about the events since their last meeting. Fuller, who is diagnosed with psychotic disorder NOS (not otherwise specified), sees May three times a week and gets help with activities like filling out paperwork, exercising and preparing food.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

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 space for treating patients in crisis, exacerbated … 0

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 … 0

Franklin mental health facility slowly adding capacity

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Two months after opening, a new psychiatric services unit at Franklin Regional Hospital is operating at about half capacity, with plans to be fully operational by the end of the year, officials there said. The unit, called a designated receiving facility, will have 10 beds and about 24 full-time staff when it’s completely … 0