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Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

State looks out of state for children’s mental health care

By: - June 8, 2021

With approximately 30 children waiting each day in emergency rooms for psychiatric care, the state is talking with three out-of-state hospitals about providing 10 to 15 in-patient beds for their mental health needs. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette has not named the hospitals but told the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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Senate committee unanimously rejects ‘medical protective custody’ proposal

By: - June 8, 2021

A state proposal to give hospitals their own power to detain people in emergency rooms while deciding their mental health needs was rejected, 4-0, by a Senate committee Tuesday following a two-hour public hearing where no one voiced support.  “While the issues identified in this are important and need a resolution, we’ve run out of […]

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Remote public hearing on ER hold proposal for mental health patients set for Tuesday

By: - June 7, 2021

The public will get its first chance Tuesday to weigh in on a controversial new proposal that would let hospitals – as well as the state – detain people in emergency rooms until they can be connected with mental health treatment.  The length of that proposed hold is just one of many unanswered questions surrounding […]

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ACLU-NH raises concerns about proposed change to ER hold rules for mental health patients

By: - June 4, 2021

This story was updated June 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. with new information. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire has joined those raising concerns about a last-minute legislative request from state officials that would allow hospitals – in addition to the state – to hold someone against their will for up to three […]

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Thursday House Roundup: From election law and ‘vaccine freedom’ to remote meetings and background checks

By: and - June 3, 2021

The New Hampshire House was in session Thursday at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s big votes. (You can read a separate story about the defeat of right-to-work legislation here.) House opts for control over local elections A bill that began as a bipartisan effort to address election […]

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House defeats right-to-work legislation

By: and - June 3, 2021

The House defeated a right-to-work bill Thursday, 175-199, disappointing supporters who thought a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on mandatory union dues would persuade long-standing opponents to back it. House members then defeated a motion to table the bill, which would have meant it could have been subsequently reintroduced. A motion to postpone the bill […]

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The Latest: ‘Communicable diseases’ language stripped from absentee voting bill

By: and - June 3, 2021

This story was updated June 3, 2021, at 4:13. The New Hampshire House is in session at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. We will be watching for the vote on right-to-work legislation, Senate Bill 61, among others to come. Here’s a look at some of the votes so far: Communicable diseases as qualifying condition for […]

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All eyes on House Republicans before vote on right-to-work legislation

By: - June 3, 2021

Since the Legislature last defeated right-to-work legislation in 2017, there have been two significant changes that have both sides predicting victory in Thursday’s House vote. It will be at least the 30th time the Legislature has taken up a right-to-work bill in the last 40 years. Proponents of the legislation point to a 2018 U.S. […]

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Proposal would change ER hold rules for mental health patients

By: - June 3, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed last-minute legislation Friday that would allow hospitals – in addition to the state – to detain mental health patients in their emergency rooms for up to three days to determine whether they could be treated without an involuntary admission to the state hospital. Hospitals, which like other […]

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Supporters of bill to help small businesses puzzled by House committee recommendation

By: - June 2, 2021

Nearly 7,600 of the state’s small businesses received a lifeline when federal “Main Street” pandemic aid arrived last year – but only if they had opened at least nine months before COVID-19 hit. After hearing from some of those excluded business owners earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate voted, 23-1, in favor of legislation […]

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With new urgency, efforts to address mental health crisis getting back on track

By: - June 1, 2021

The Legislature’s $20 million plan in 2019 to expand desperately needed mental health services stalled after the pandemic hit. A recent state Supreme Court ruling and stories of kids and adults waiting days in emergency rooms for help has put that effort back on track.  The Senate is poised to reverse two significant cuts to […]

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Summer hiking season begins – and rescue season along with it

By: - May 31, 2021

Memorial Day kicks off the summer hiking season in New Hampshire, and with it, hikers who need rescuing. If last year is any indication, a lot of those rescues will be done by phone.  Typically, the state Fish and Game search-and-rescue team averages about 50 “non-responsive” rescues a year, meaning someone from the team can […]