Hassan proposes $28 million for mental health

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire is long overdue for residents in desperate need of mental health care, and she wants to invest $28 million over the next two years to change that.

The state is nearly halfway into a 10-year mental health plan. But those who provide mental health services say the state not only has failed to make progress but has in some cases gone backward, with people waiting days in emergency rooms for psychiatric treatment.

The budget Hassan outlined Thursday includes a new designated receiving facility to take the pressure off local emergency rooms, 75 new community residence beds, more housing and support services and new community treatment teams to help adults and children in crisis.

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