June 5, 2019
CONTACT: Meghan Farrell, 508-423-5185
SENATE BILL 14 NEEDS STATE FUNDING TO BE IMPLEMENTED
CONCORD, N.H. – On Monday afternoon, Senate Bill 14, which dramatically improves our system of supports for Granite State children, was signed into law. However, the Senate has not yet passed a budget which fully funds the bill. In response, Becky Whitley, Policy Director of the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative released the following statement:
"Family voices were vital in the crafting and passage of this important bipartisan bill, which improves New Hampshire's System of Care for all children and makes children's mobile crisis services available statewide. We look forward to continuing to work with all advocates and lawmakers to create an integrated and comprehensive system that supports Granite State children with behavioral health needs. This can only happen by fully funding SB 14 in the state budget. We are pleased that the Senate Finance committee included full funding for SB 14 in their budget, and we will continue to work hard to ensure the funding remains in the budget so that the cost effective and systemic reforms in SB 14 can take place."