Budget writers strike deal on $17.5 million Secure Psychiatric Unit
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House and Senate budget writers on Tuesday agreed to meet Gov. Chris Sununu halfway on his proposal for a new forensic psychiatric hospital to serve some of the state’s most challenging mental health patients.
In the second day of a three-day budget conference between House and Senate members, both sides agreed to include the Senate proposal for a $17.5 million, 25-bed Secure Psychiatric Unit on the grounds of New Hampshire Hospital, the state’s existing psychiatric hospital in Concord.
That’s smaller than the $26 million, 60-bed facility proposed by Sununu, but more than what the House proposed.