NH lawmakers, governor differ on mental health funding details

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Political leaders on all sides are prioritizing mental health funding in New Hampshire's next budget, though differences remain in their approaches and appropriations.

Everyone agrees too many mental health patients are waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient care. Budgets proposed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and House lawmakers would spend about $2 million on up to 30 designated receiving beds at hospitals to alleviate the problem, while the Senate would spend $1 million on up to 10 beds. The Senate and Sununu, meanwhile, both want to build a stand-alone secure psychiatric unit, but they disagree about the capacity.

The governor and Senate both would spend $5 million on transitional beds for patients leaving the state psychiatric hospital, while the House would spend half that amount.

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