Press Release June 21, 2019
Concord, NH – As the House and Senate members of the committee of conference finalized an agreement on the state’s two-year operating budget on Thursday, Peter Evers, President of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association, made this statement:
“The NH Community Behavioral Health Association appreciates and applauds the work of the House and Senate in crafting a state budget that makes very significant investments in our community-based mental health system and in the overall health care workforce of our state. Funding the new 10-Year Mental Health Plan, addressing the hospital emergency room backup, moving the Secure Psychiatric Unit out of the State Prison, and relocating the children’s unit out of New Hampshire Hospital are all huge achievements. This is truly historic and reflects the hard work and vision of many policymakers, citizens, providers and advocates.
“We know that the Governor has identified mental health as a priority and has dedicated time and effort to address these issues. We hope he sees the value of getting the funds provided by the House and Senate proposed budget out to providers sooner rather than later, so that people in need of mental health services get the care they need now.”
The NH Community Behavioral Health Association is an organization comprised of the ten community mental health centers throughout New Hampshire. These centers serve individuals in our state who are living with—and recovering from—mental illness and emotional disorders. The goal of the Association is to raise awareness about the crucial role played by community-based mental health centers in the provision of mental health services to those living with and recovering from mental illness in New Hampshire. In addition, the Association serves as an advocate for a strong mental health system across New Hampshire.