Lawmakers, governor differ on mental health funding details
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Political leaders on all sides are prioritizing mental health funding in New Hampshire’s next budget, though differences remain in their approaches and appropriations.
There’s broad, bipartisan agreement that something must be done to address mental health patients languishing in emergency rooms — one of the most visible symptoms of the mental health system’s woes. But Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, the House and the Senate don’t all agree on the best way to alleviate the problem, which occurs when people seeking inpatient psychiatric care end up waiting in emergency departments for days or weeks at a time.