The Bulletin Board

State to take questions on new forensic hospital during online session

By: - June 24, 2022 10:00 am

The state provided a project timeline at its last meeting in the spring. (Screenshot)

The state is holding its final public information session on a new $30 million 24-bed forensic psychiatric hospital Thursday before seeking bids for the project later this year or early next.

The new facility, which will sit on New Hampshire Hospital grounds Concord will replace the current secure psychiatric unit within the state prison. It will house forensic patients who have been found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity; state hospital patients considered dangerous; those committed to the institution by a court due to dangerousness, criminal behavior, and intellectual disability; and people involuntarily committed for treatment who are a danger to themselves or others.

State officials hope to open the new facility in spring 2024. They have scheduled three additional information sessions in 2023 and 2024, when construction is underway.

Thursday’s online meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Attendees can find a Zoom link on the Health and Human Services website,, and will be able to ask questions during the session. The department’s website also includes slides and videos from three prior information sessions.


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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.