CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan will sign into law a bill that expands mental health services in New Hampshire to comply with a court settlement.
The bill authorizes expenditure of about $11 million in state and federal funds to strengthen community-based mental health services and provide coverage to thousands of Granite Staters under the bipartisan health care expansion plan.
The federal lawsuit charged the state with needlessly confining people in mental wards and hospitals because it lacked community treatment options.
Hassan will sign the bill in the Governor and Council Chamber at the Statehouse at noon Friday.
Earlier in the day, Hassan will speak at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Champions Breakfast — an annual event hosted by Speedway Children's Charities to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and David's House.