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.   

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.

Apr 18, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20 the New Hampshire House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on SB 323, a bill that authorizes employees of hospitals to use force.

SB 323 specifically says a health care facility employee “may use non-deadly force when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes it necessary to maintain decorum or safety.”

emergency hospital in-patient mental health treatment
Apr 27, 2017

This week the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on a bill amendment that would increase in-patient treatment options for individuals in mental health crisis in New Hampshire. 

mental health and child abuse
Jun 14, 2017

On Wednesday, June 14 Governor Chris Sununu will sign a bill that aims to increase protections for children and people with mental illness in New Hampshire.

study committee
Jul 10, 2017

When faced with a complex issue, the New Hampshire Legislature will often vote to create a committee to study the issue.  After meeting over the summer and fall, the committee is responsible for recommending any bills the following year.

Here is a summary of some of the major issues committees will consider this summer.

mental health services and treatment
Aug 21, 2017

The state budget passed this June added funding for mental health services in New Hampshire.  However, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has extended the deadline for proposals to provide some of those services because they did not receive enough applications.

The Legislature provided funding for:

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