By Jay Couture and Peter Evers – Published in Dec 10, 2017 issue of Sentinel Source
In preparing a white paper describing how New Hampshire got to where it is today in addressing mental illness, we were struck by the consistent similarity of recommendations in the many plans and reports on the state’s mental health system over the past 35 years. The 1982 Nardi-Wheelock Report, the 2008 Ten-Year Mental Health Plan, and all the other legislative and executive branch reports in between, incorporate some basic principles that remain relevant today:
Individuals with mental illness should be given access to all the things that contribute to a full life, such as services pertinent to the phase and intensity of their illness, employment and housing.
9. Creating urgent care centers for behavioral health clients.