NH House Passes Mental Health Settlement Bill

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/20 2014 02:56PM

Updated 03/20 2014 02:58PM

CONCORD, N.H. -  The New Hampshire House has passed a mental health settlement bill Thursday. 

A press release says the settlement agreement will help enhance community-based mental health services and increases crisis-support services, helping to address the trend of acute mental health cases in hospital emergency rooms.

“Our strained mental health system is a pressing challenge facing our health care providers, police officers, and communities across the state, and the solutions must be pursued at the community level," Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. 

The settlement between the state, federal government, and NH residents was made in December 2013. 

The bill passed 173-125. The legislation now heads to the N.H. Senate. 

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