Mental health advocates: NH facing access crisis

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health care providers, law enforcement officers and advocates for those with mental illness say New Hampshire is facing a crisis when it comes to access to critical mental health treatment.

Kenneth Norton is the executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He says the situation faced by those in crisis is wrong medically, legally, ethically and morally. He and representatives from more than a dozen groups are holding a press conference Monday, a few weeks after the state health department announced new efforts to reduce the time patients spend waiting for a bed to become available at the state psychiatric hospital.

The plan includes having the state hospital track individuals awaiting a bed and temporarily re-opening a dozen beds that currently are closed.

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