Stories published collaboratively by a group of news, education and media outlets from all over the state. Our inaugural project focuses on solutions journalism which means we dig deep into proposed fixes to find out what’s working, what’s not, what the evidence is and who’s accountable when it comes to behavioral health. Our first project has been funded through Solutions Journalism Network.
More people from the Lakes Region who need help with a substance abuse disorder go to a fire station-based program in Manchester than seek help at the local hub for a vaunted new statewide system costing millions of dollars. READ MORE
When the dual opioid and behavioral health crises engulfed New Hampshire following the Great Recession, the expansion of drug courts took on new urgency. Following an influx of state funding in 2016, four more drug courts were added over two years to the existing system, based in superior courts. READ MORE
Like most things, it is hard to spot mental illness or suicidal behavior if you have no experience or knowledge of the signs and symptoms. That is why if NH House Bill 652 becomes law, it will require the New Hampshire State Board of Education to mandate annual suicide prevention training for teachers and administrators in public schools. READ MORE
Once ranked among the nation’s best, New Hampshire’s mental healthcare system has steadily eroded since the turn of the century, and grown more distressed in the past decade as the demand for mental health services has far outrun the capacity to provide them. READ MORE
In-patient services are not sufficient to treat the numbers of mentally ill experiencing crises who require them. Out-patient and support services at the community level are not sufficient to stem the numbers requiring inpatient care. And housing, employment and other support services are not sufficient to ensure inpatients can be safely returned to the community in a timely manner. READ MORE
“We gotta do something because it’s impacting everyday people,” Nick Toumpas said. “It’s impacting kids, its impacting adults, it’s impacting innocent people who are impacted by somebody else who has a problem with substance abuse — it’s an overall sense of urgency. They basically said it’s better to do something fast and then correct it as we go along, as opposed to stepping back and looking at it in a more measured way.” READ MORE
PART OF THE SERIES Editor’s note: Second part of an ongoing series of stories over the next several weeks by the Granite News Collaborative reporting on NH’s new Hub and Spoke network of mental health, READ MORE
Part of the reason Vermont has been so successful is that they tweaked their laws, used expanded Medicaid to invest money in adding spokes, and made a huge push to get more practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine to a higher number of patients. READ MORE
In the midst of a statewide substance abuse crisis, the New Hampshire Department of Labor will launch an Opioid Pilot Mediation Program to voluntarily transition some injured workers away from opioids and into treatment.