June 2, 2023 4:14 pm

The renovated Hampstead Hospital, now named East Acres at Hampstead and set up to offer psychiatric care for youngsters, is anticipated to open to individuals subsequent week.

The state bought the hospital with federal help. State overall health officials stated the 12-bed facility is anticipated to welcome its initial overnight individuals Tuesday. It really is meant to offer higher-level mental heath care that young individuals would otherwise have to have to travel out of state to obtain.

Whilst celebrating the launch of the new hospital, Gov. Chris Sununu acknowledged there is nevertheless function to do to boost the state’s mental overall health program.

“It does not matter how considerably dollars you make, what colour you are, whether or not you are male or female, it does not matter,” Sununu stated. “It can occur to anyone, at any time, at any time of the day, and so as a state, we just have to have to be positive these kinds of solutions are out there.”

The new facility’s anticipated to alleviate the quantity of individuals waiting in ERs for psychiatric care. The state lately announced plans to finish that practice inside two years, just after a federal judge stated they necessary to do so in one particular year.

On Friday, Sununu stated he’s not positive the court’s timeline is realistic but the state will function to comply.

As of May well 26, 15 youngsters had been waiting for psychiatric care in New Hampshire, according to a state dashboard, whilst 15 beds had been unavailable due to renovations and 16 due to staffing.