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Thank you to all who testified and contacted their legislators this session on behalf of mental health and suicide prevention. Your voices were heard, and NAMI New Hampshire was heartened at the strong support shown by Governor Sununu and bipartisan legislative leaders in addressing many of the 10-Year Mental Health Plan priorities. 

While a strong bipartisan consensus emerged on moving the mental health system forward, there was disagreement over the mechanics of how to fund the overall budget, resulting in a veto and the current budget impasse. 

Please consider contacting your legislators and the Governor’s office to thank them for supporting funding of the 10-Year Mental Health Plan, while reminding them the current budget impasse is delaying much-needed help for people with mental illness, and their families. Urge lawmakers and the Governor to meet as soon as possible to pass the budget so critical additional services and supports for NH’s mental health system can be implemented.

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NAMI New Hampshire Identifies 2019 Legislative Priorities

In addition to advocating for mental health priorities at the national level, NAMI NH’s 2019 legislative priorities here in the Granite State include:

Funding for Recommendations in 10-Year Mental Health Plan (see more information below)

  • Mobile Crisis Response/ED Boarding
  • Medicaid Rates and Workforce Development
  • Secure Psychiatric Issues

Suicide Prevention Measures, including:

  • Extreme Risk protective orders (temporary removal of firearms for individuals who are dangerous – especially as a suicide prevention measure)
  • Requiring schools to develop suicide prevention training plans
  • Addressing PTSD/suicide prevention and related issues for First Responders

Study Commission to Expand Mental Health Courts Statewide

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Schools Statewide

Family Leave

 View the legislation we are currently tracking – once on the page click on NH

Recent Testimony:

May 8, 2019

April 30, 2019

April 23, 2019

April 3, 2019

March 26, 2019

March 19, 2019

March 5, 2019

February 13, 2019

February 12, 2019

January 30, 2019

January 29, 2019

January 24, 2019

January 22, 2019

January 16, 2019

January 9, 2019

April 10, 2018

April 2, 2018

March 27, 2018

February 20, 2018

February 13, 2018

January 24, 2018

January 23, 2018

January 17, 2018

January 16, 2018

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

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..."

The 10 Year Mental Health Plan

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released a final version of the new 10-Year Mental Health Plan.  Read the plan on the DHHS website.

NAMI NH has provided the following feedback to DHHS on the plan:

 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”.
  • 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
The template below may assist you when preparing your testimony. After you prepare it, consider sending a copy to

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Addressing the Critical Mental Health Needs of NH Citizens – A ten year plan

Other Current Issues

NH Children’s Behavioral Health Plan – Executive Summary

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