Mar 11, 2015

To stop a lawsuit from the federal government, last year the New Hampshire legislature designated funds to pay for several mental health programs.  However, much of those funds came out of the Department of Health and Human Services’ existing budget – meaning the Department defunded some mental health initiatives not mentioned in the lawsuit.

Mar 19, 2015

Last September the Disability Rights Center released a report of widespread abuse and neglect at Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center.

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) halted new patient admissions and called for an investigation.  Since then the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services have both reviewed Lakeview and required changes. 

Jul 02, 2015

The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety is calling on New Hampshire and seven other states to report mentally ill individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

New Hampshire does not share mental health records with the federal government, despite a federal law requiring states to do so.

Dec 28, 2015

In New Hampshire, individuals with mental illness who “present a serious likelihood of danger to himself or to others” may be committed to the secure psychiatric unit in the state prison.   

Jan 08, 2016

Several bills related to solitary confinement are being considered this month by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Feb 17, 2016

On Thursday, February 18 a House committee will host a public hearing on HB 1541, which would prohibit the state from housing an individual with mental illness in the state prison, unless the individual has been charged with a crime.

Jun 01, 2016

According to a report by the United Health Foundation, New Hampshire ranks 21st in the nation for suicides. Massachusetts topped the list, while Montana ranked last.

Jul 08, 2016

According to the latest report from an independent monitor, New Hampshire is not adequately improving its mental health system.

Aug 12, 2016

Rep. Renny Cushing and three other patient advocates have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice over the practice of housing some mental health patients in the Secure Psychiatric Unit (SPU) of the state prison.


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