Budget Writers Agree on Secure Psychiatric Unit, Kid’s Mental Health Services
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The House agreed Tuesday to Senate budget items boosting funding and new facilities for health and human services programs particularly in mental health and substance abuse areas.
House and Senate negotiators are working to reconcile their different $13 billion versions of the next biennium’s budget before Thursday’s deadline.
Chief among the differences between the two budget plans was a new Secure Psychiatric Unit to house those who are a danger to themselves or others currently housed at the State Prison.
The House did not include a new unit in its budget although Gov. Chris Sununu recommended a 60-bed facility on State Hospital grounds, because budget writers said they had little to no information from the governor’s office. The Senate approved a 25-bed, $17.5 million facility in its budget.