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Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, released the below statement on Governor Sununu’s budget address:

We commend the Governor for the focus in his budget remarks on addressing the mental health crisis facing New Hampshire.

At its very core, the fundamental issue is about ensuring that people with a mental health illness, especially those suffering an acute psychiatric crisis, are able to get the care they need, when and where they need it.  We look forward to working together with the Governor, the legislature and other key stakeholders to solve that problem and better serve these patients and their families.

Hospitals have long partnered with the State on many critical issues, including funding support for both New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program and the State’s substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery efforts, to helping establish integrated delivery networks through the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver and a hub and spoke system aimed at enhancing access to resources for those suffering substance use disorders, and we will continue to do so.