Hope for an improved child behavioral health system in N.H.
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At 13, Anna Mandh is already familiar with several mental health hospitals in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
She can name them with ease: the Yellow Pod at Concord Hospital and Hampstead Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat over the border in Vermont, and the McLean-Franciscan Children inpatient program just outside of Boston.
Anna, a Hopkinton resident, has been hospitalized six times out of state in the last two years, each time after experiencing a mental health crisis. Most of those occurred while she was in school, and the school often called a police car to transport her to the hospital, a situation she said left her uncomfortable and embarrassed.