Review: State failed to improve mental health care

Monday, July 11, 2016

The reviewer overseeing reforms outlined in a lawsuit settlement over mental health care says New Hampshire’s state and nonprofit social service agencies have left some patients untreated.

The Valley News reported court-appointed monitor Stephen Day says the state should have plans in place by next month on growing and upgrading Assertive Community Treatment teams. Day also says the state should issue monthly progress reports on those plans.

The teams provide treatment to patients with serious mental illnesses. They were supposed to improve access to services by reaching patients in their communities.

Jeffrey Meyers, the state health and human services commissioner, acknowledged the shortcomings in the main areas identified by Day and said they’re committed to implementing the changes outlined in the settlement.

New Hampshire reached a 2013 settlement with the federal government over inadequate community mental health services.

Associated Press