Feb 21, 2015 12:11 PM

Mental health providers question pace of progress

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - Community mental health care providers are questioning why some promises to strengthen New Hampshire's behavioral health system have gone unfulfilled, but the governor's office says it is moving forward.

The New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association said last week that while the state has made some progress in the past two years, promised additions to the system have not materialized. The group noted that the budget approved in 2013 called for 10 new Assertive Community Treatment teams, but only five have been funded.

A spokesman for Gov. Maggie Hassan says the settlement of a lawsuit over mental health services shifted timelines for some of the budget measures, but requests for proposals for the teams will be issued in the coming days.


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