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NH DHHS Issues New HB400-related Requests for Proposals and Applications to Providers of Mental Health Resources
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Publish Date:
July 5, 2017

Concord, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has taken the first step in the implementation of the significant investments that Governor Christopher T. Sununu and the NH Legislature have made in the expansion of mental health services in the State. DHHS has issued two Requests for Applications (RFAs) and two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for components of the comprehensive mental health package approved this Legislative session.

“The new resources approved by the Legislature will help to ensure that people experiencing mental illness have greater access to critical mental health services,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “I am grateful to Governor Sununu and Legislative officials for their leadership on this issue. The Department met the June 30, 2017 deadline to launch the process to work with community agencies to provide these critical services.”

The requests include:

  1. Establishing up to 20 additional designated receiving facility beds for up to two years to serve individuals with severe mental illness who meet the criteria for involuntary emergency admission;
  2. Adding transitional and community residential beds with wrap-around services and supports;
  3. Adding a mobile crisis team and apartments in a geographic location that has high rates of admissions to and discharges from New Hampshire Hospital ; and
  4. Conducting an independent evaluation of the capacity of the current health system in NH to respond to inpatient, acute psychiatric needs of patients, including but not limited to those patients who require involuntary emergency admissions.

The RFAs and RFPs can be found at: www.dhhs.nh.gov/business/rfp/index.htm

The initiatives are an effort to alleviate the wait times that individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) experience for a bed at New Hampshire Hospital as well as to successfully transition individuals from NH Hospital to the community. “We look forward to continuing to implement the services and supports needed to address the needs of individuals with severe mental illness,” said Meyers.

 
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