“We particularly want to highlight this issue,” he said.
Topo agreed there needs to be an injection of more state funding into community services.
Norton characterized the situation as complex. He said New Hampshire has gone from the top-ranked state for mental health care in the 1990s, a model for community-based services, to a situation where federal regulators and advocates are pressing in court for the state to do better.
“Now, we’re not doing real well,” Norton said.
The waiting list for state hospital admission can discourage people from getting the help they need, he said.
“It’s so important for people to get help,” he said.