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NH children’s psychiatric hospital could include young adults

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Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 2:04 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As it moves to expand inpatient psychiatric treatment for children, New Hampshire also hopes to better serve young adults.

The Executive Council on Wednesday approved spending $15 million in federal funds to buy Hampstead Hospital, a private facility that treats about 45 children. Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette says the goal is to double capacity for children, but officials also are exploring a unit dedicated to 18-to-25-year-olds who struggle in the adult mental health system.

That age range is a critical period because during that time, rates of mental health problems increase, conditions become more complex and the most serious disorders emerge. 

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