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NAMI NH Position on Secure Psychiatric Unit

NAMI New Hampshire has a long history of opposing the transfer of patients from New Hampshire Hospital to the care of the Department of Corrections (Secure Psychiatric Unit).   Specifically, we are opposed to the commingling of individuals with mental illness who are committed under Involuntary Emergency Admission (IEA) with those who are criminally committed.  We have provided written and oral testimony at numerous legislative hearings to this effect.  NAMI NH continues to advocate for more resources to improve access to appropriate levels of care across the entire mental health system.  

To learn more about our policy position on this issue, please see:

2016 Letter Co-authored by NAMI NH, American Civil Liberties Union of NH, Disability Rights Center, and NH Legal Assistance.

Excerpt: "We write to express our opposition to the continued transfer of civilly committed patients from New Hampshire Hospital to the Secure Psychiatric Unit in the New Hampshire State Prison..."

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View the 2018 State of the State address. You can click here to skip to the section addressing mental health.

General Talking points when contacting Legislators; House or Senate

Use your own words, but share your passion, it is critical that the Representatives hear about Mental Health

  • Mental Health is important to me, my family and our state and I am asking you to represent me and support increased funding
  • Myself/my family has been affected by mental illness, I support funding for improved services

Specific Talking points

  • Support the re-authorization of the NH Health Protection Program; also known as Medicaid Expansion; particularly the opportunity it offers for Substance misuse treatment and mental health treatment. Over 38,000 NH citizens are now insured and receive mental health services.
  • The NH Health Protection Program:
  • Provides insurance to NH’s working poor who cannot afford it.
  • Covers mental health and substance misuse disorders.
  • Saves money by lowering uncompensated hospital care.
  • Be prepared to wait to testify and leave your printed testimony if time runs out.
  • Fund the implementation of the “10 Year Plan” The plan created in 2008 to restore mental health services in NH.
  • Fund the Children’s Behavioral Health Plan as the “10 Year Plan” does not include children and this plan will finally address the needs of NH’s children with serious emotional disorders
  • Fund the Mental Health Settlement Agreement.

Tips for Providing Testimony:

  • Arrive early to sign in to speak there will be a waiting list.
  • Your comments must be brief;  1-2 minutes maximum
  • If you prepare a testimony, bring printed copies to share with House members

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Let us know- Email advocacy@naminh.org

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