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People still look to Safe Station

Monday, June 10, 2019 Rick Green 0
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
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Piece of the Puzzle: Drug Courts Expand Across State

Friday, May 10, 2019 Anna Berry 0
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
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Suicide prevention bill: ‘People don’t know what teenagers are going through all the time’

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Angie Boynton 0
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

How did we get here? Diagnosing the behavioral health crisis in New Hampshire

Friday, March 8, 2019 Michael Kitch 0
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

NH’s Hub and Spoke system: Traction or just spinning wheels?

“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