House approves bill to help with new psychiatric hospital
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New Hampshire’s House has voted to approve an advisory council to assist in the development of plans for a new psychiatric hospital.
The state’s new 10-year plan for mental health plan calls for a new psychiatric hospital and Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposed budget calls for spending $40 million on it.
The committee that recommended the bill’s approval noted that for years, the state has been transferring civilly committed patients whose mental illness is so severe that they are a threat to themselves and others from the state hospital to the state prison’s secure psychiatric unit, where they are co-mingled with prisoners.