NH DHHS takes steps toward mental health service expansion
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has made a first step in expanding mental health services in the state.
“The new resources approved by the Legislature will help to ensure that people experiencing mental illness have greater access to critical mental health services,” DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers said. “I am grateful to Governor Sununu and Legislative officials for their leadership on this issue. The Department met the June 30 deadline to launch the process to work with community agencies to provide these critical services.”
The requests include:
- Establishing up to 20 additional designated receiving facility beds for up to two years to serve individuals with severe mental illness who meet the criteria for involuntary emergency admission.
- Adding transitional and community residential beds with wrap-around services and supports.
- Adding a mobile crisis team and apartments in a geographic location that has high rates of admissions to and discharges from New Hampshire Hospital.
- Conducting an independent evaluation of the capacity of the current health system in the state to respond to inpatient, acute psychiatric needs of patients, including but not limited to those patients who require involuntary emergency admissions.
The full requests can be found here.
According to DHHS, the initiatives are an effort to alleviate the wait times that individuals with severe mental illness experience for a bed at New Hampshire Hospital as well as to successfully transition individuals from the hospital to the community.
“We look forward to continuing to implement the services and supports needed to address the needs of individuals with severe mental illness,” Meyers said.