New Hamp­shire law­mak­ers ad­vance plan to add men­tal health beds

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The New Hamp­shire Sen­ate has given pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to a plan to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the num­ber of psy­chi­atric treat­ment beds in the state.

The plan the Sen­ate sent to its Fi­nance Com­mit­tee last week would re­quire the state to con­tract with pri­vate hos­pi­tals and not-for-profit fa­cil­i­ties to set up 68 new beds. Twenty beds would

be for those sub­ject to in­vol­un­tary ad­mis­sion, 40 would be com­mu­nity-based beds to help peo­ple tran­si­tion from hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and eight would be peer respite beds.

As the num­ber of treat­ment beds has dropped due to bud­get cuts, a work­force short­age and other fac­tors, the num­ber of peo­ple wait­ing—some­times in emer­gency depart­ment cor­ri­dors—for beds at the state psy­chi­atric hospi­tal has in­creased. In March, the daily av­er­age was 46 adults and four chil­dren.

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