Shortage of NH hospital beds for mental health

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mental health advocates say the number of people suffering through a mental health crisis who can't get a state hospital bed reached a new high, especially among children.

Advocates say 44 people, including 18 children, have been lingering in emergency rooms while waiting for a state hospital bed. Louis Josephson, chief operation officer at Riverbend Community Mental Health, said one of them is a 9-year-old boy who'd been in Concord Hospital's emergency room for five days.

The Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/153mRgB ) reported Sunday that mental health advocates have been told that there will be no state hospital bed openings until later this week.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has been monitoring the situation. Her spokesman declined to reveal what mental health initiatives Hassan will put in her budget, to be released Thursday.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.cmonitor.com

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