The emergency department (ED) boarding crisis is one that has plagued the state and our most vulnerable citizens for far too long.  It is a symptom of a much broader problem of not having adequate capacity across our entire mental health care system--from outpatient services, crisis services, acute inpatient services, transitional housing and other community support services that support patients no longer in crisis.  

 

This week’s ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court has made it very clear that this problem must be resolved now.  All parties should see this as an opportunity to sit at the table together and formulate both short and long-term solutions so that patients suffering an acute psychiatric illness are able to get the care they need.  Hospitals have long partnered with the State on many important public health issues, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to doing so yet again.