August 25, 2015

Hassan’s Failed Leadership Hurting Mentally Ill In NH

Gov. Maggie Hassan continues playing budget brinkmanship with Republicans in the state to win partisan points and position herself for a potential U.S. senate bid, and now mental health patients are caught in the crosshairs:

The state budget stalemate means a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won’t open as planned this fall.

New Hampshire has been working to improve its mental health infrastructure since settling a lawsuit with the federal government in late 2013 over inadequate services. The 2014-2015 state budget included money to build the new crisis unit, but money to hire staff and operate the unit was to be included in the 2016-2017 budget that Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed.

Watch WMUR’s report:

As Hassan continues to dig in her heels, one wonders who else will become collateral damage to her political ambitions?