We have to do more to cope with the mental health crisis in NH

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In February 2013, I wrote an editorial about a new record number of people who were stranded in the emergency department of a New Hampshire hospital awaiting a psychiatric inpatient bed for involuntary emergency admission ( IEA). There were 44 people waiting on February 4, 2013. Eight years later, on February 4, 2021, there were 85 people waiting in hospital emergency departments because there were no beds for them. admission to the IEA. Thirty-five of those waiting were children. Let it sink in.

This number does not include the number of individuals awaiting a voluntary psychiatric bed. Let that soak in too.

Thirteen years after the publication of “Meeting the Critical Mental Health Needs of NH Citizens: A Restoration Strategy”; seven years after the implementation of the Community Agreement on Mental Health; two years after the 2019 10-year mental health plan was …

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