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Jason Dickey’s mother, Martha, remembers him as a fun and outgoing young man with a larger than life personality.

Yet he was consumed by despair so deep he took his own life on Sept. 14, 2017, at age 19.

The Boscawen teen was among 38 young people in New Hampshire who died by suicide that year in a state where the rate of youth suicide (under age 24) is nearly 50 percent higher than the national average and climbing.

Statehouse lawmakers heard over two hours of testimony today on a bill to overhaul the state's current school discipline law.

Students with disabilities and minority students are more likely than other pupils to face educationally disruptive, out-of-school suspensions, according to findings issued Monday by social service organizations and civil rights groups.

Parents and child behavioral health advocates hope a recent report from a state watchdog office will spur action at the Statehouse this session.

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

In the recent Finding Hope series, the Monitor highlighted youth suicide as a surging crisis in New Hampshire. New Hampshire’s youth suicide rates are 50 percent higher than the national average, and they’re spiking.

The state has approved an expansion of the Medicaid to Schools program, which will cover half the cost of services for students with medical and behavioral health needs.

And that could be a “game changer” for school districts that struggle to pay for such services, school administrators say.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to integrate physical and mental health care for young people with severe mental illness or severe emotional disturbance.

Last August the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill that would allow schools to be reimbursed for part of the costs associated with things like speech therapy, mental health counseling and nursing for all students who qualify for Medicaid.

Previously that reimbursement was only available for some students who qualify for Medicaid. But schools are not yet taking advantage of this additional federal money. 

Schools will reopen in the next few weeks across New Hampshire without newly available federal money for student services such as speech therapy, mental health counseling and nursing.