NH report IDs ways to improve mental health care

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report says New Hampshire's overworked health care system needs to increase and improve community-based treatment for people with mental illness.

Gov. Maggie Hassan had asked for a "Sentinel Event Review" in November after a series of violent incidents involving people with acute mental illness who were waiting for care in emergency rooms.

The results of the review released Tuesday said the state should seek public and private help to increase the number of non-emergency room beds for mental health patients and expand the number of community-based services.

The report repeats findings released in December as part of the state's settlement of a lawsuit that claimed New Hampshire's lack of services violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. That suit also called for an expansion of crisis intervention programs.

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