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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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Commentary: School nurses have a big job – is 1 for every 750 kids really enough?

BY: - June 4, 2021

When many people think of a school nurse, they imagine a person who hands out Band-Aids for boo-boos. But school nurses do so much more. They are school leaders who address the physical, mental, and emotional health needs of students. As the COVID-19 pandemic played out, many school nurses took on even greater responsibilities. These […]

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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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‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts vaccination incentives

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays.  And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

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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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Senators remove one abortion restriction from budget, shifting focus to Executive Council

BY: - May 26, 2021

This article was updated May 26, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. to correct the spelling of Ben Vihstadt’s name. A last-minute amendment to the Senate’s budget would keep a 24-week abortion ban but exempt providers from using separate space and staff for abortion services, a requirement reproductive health clinics said would seriously jeopardize care for 12,000 […]

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Senate committee passes bill banning abortions after 24 weeks

BY: - May 25, 2021

In a 3-2 party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill banning nearly all abortions after 24 weeks, even in the case of rape or incest. It is at least the sixth such abortion restriction bill introduced in the last 10 years and the only one to reach the Senate. Three prior attempts […]

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Young Democratic Caucus pushes Sununu on mental health care spending

BY: - May 21, 2021

The House Young Democratic Caucus called on Gov. Chris Sununu Friday to move quickly on using $10.7 million in new federal aid to expand mental health care across the state. The lawmakers also said they’ll be introducing legislation next session to give minors more mental health options, bolster counseling in schools, and recruit mental health […]

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Senate committee rejects attempts to undo abortion restrictions

BY: - May 20, 2021

This story was updated May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with new information from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. In party line votes, the Senate Finance Committee rejected attempts to undo two House restrictions on abortion Wednesday that House Republicans have said are nonnegotiable.  If those budget line items make it through the […]

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Lawmakers take up ‘vaccine freedom’ measures

BY: - May 19, 2021

A Senate committee put limits around one “vaccine freedom” bill Wednesday, but another much broader one may be headed over from the House.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 220, which seeks to allow most people to refuse any vaccine or medical intervention. The amended version limits […]