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Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2014

Communications Office

Governor Hassan’s Statement on Signing the Bipartisan Mental Health Settlement Bill

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after signing HB 1635, bipartisan legislation to implement last year’s landmark mental health settlement between the state, the federal government, and New Hampshire residents with mental illness:

“People who experience mental illness are our friends, our family members, and our neighbors who deserve the same level of compassionate care and treatment that we would expect for any other health care need.”

“The bipartisan legislation I signed today to implement our landmark mental health settlement will help alleviate the strain on our state’s mental health system and ensure that we are providing appropriate care at the right place and time, before individuals reach the point of crisis.”

“The community-level approach reflected in this bill builds on the significant progress we made in our bipartisan budget to strengthen community-based mental health services in a fiscally responsible way that protects our budget and ensures improvements in our mental health system are being driven by our citizens and not federal judges.”

“I want to thank the bipartisan group of legislators and advocates who worked to pass this bill to strengthen mental health care for all Granite Staters in a way that allows them to be fully included in our communities and economy."