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Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2014

Contact:
Communications Office
(603) 271-2121

Statement from Governor Hassan on House Passage of Mental Health Settlement Bill

CONCORD - Following today’s vote in the House of Representatives to pass HB 1635, Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:

“Our strained mental health system is a pressing challenge facing our health care providers, police officers, and communities across the state, and the solutions must be pursued at the community level.

“This bill reflects last December’s landmark mental health settlement between the state, the federal government, and New Hampshire residents with mental illness, building on the significant progress we made in our bipartisan budget to strengthen community-based services.

“The settlement agreement further enhances community-based mental health services and increases crisis-support services, helping to address the trend of acute mental health cases at our hospitals' emergency rooms. It also ensures that we can continue addressing our mental health challenges in a fiscally responsible way that protects the state's budget and ensures that New Hampshire citizens are driving improvements in our mental health system – not federal judges.

“I want to thank the House of Representatives for their work to pass HB 1635, and I encourage the Senate to pass this legislation and reinforce our commitment to a revitalized community-based mental health system.”