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Update: N.H.'s Struggling Mental Health System

Old Postcard of NH Hospital's Bancroft Building

The state is behind schedule in expanding the types of community-based mental health services that keep people out of hospitals and other institutions. The timeline for developing those services was laid out in a $30 million class action lawsuit settlement in 2014 that alleged New Hampshire was violating the civil rights of people with mental illness. We check in on statewide efforts to improve the state's mental health system, what data tells us about the situation, and goals for implementation going forward.


  • Suellen Griffin, Executive Director of West Central Behavioral Health in Lebanon, and President of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association.
  • Jeffrey Meyers, Commissioner of New Hampshire's Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Ken Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • Jack Rodolico, NHPR's Health reporter who's been reporting on this issue.


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