N.H. Lawmakers Hear Proposal to Transfer Control of Secure Psychiatric Unit to Health Dept.
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A proposal to transfer jurisdiction of the state’s only secure psychiatric unit to the Department of Health and Human Services went before lawmakers today.
For decades New Hampshire’s secure psychiatric unit, or SPU, has been at the state prison. That means some patients who need secure treatment, but have committed no crime, have to get help behind prison walls.
A bill from Democratic Representative Renny Cushing would transfer control of the unit from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Health and Human Services. It also directs the health department to oversee construction of a new secure facility outside the state prison.