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New Hampshire to buy private pediatric psychiatric hospital

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Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 6:59 PM EDT
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HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (AP) - Mental health advocates are praising New Hampshire’s decision to purchase a private psychiatric hospital to expand services for children.

Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday said the state is in the final stages of buying Hampstead Hospital, a 111-bed facility that has had contracts with the state during the coronavirus pandemic to treat children in mental health crises. The cost and other details haven’t been determined, but it will be covered by federal pandemic relief funds pending approval of the legislative fiscal committee and Executive Council.

An association that represents the state’s 10 nonprofit community mental health centers called the news “a major milestone in our system.”

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