Implementation of mental health settlement ongoing

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An expert appointed to review New Hampshire's compliance with a court settlement aimed at expanding mental health services says all parties appear committed to meeting the settlement's requirements and doing so in a transparent manner.

The expert reviewer was appointed six months ago and issued its first report last week. It concluded that it is too early to say whether the state is meeting specific components of the agreement but progress is being made toward implementation.

The lawsuit accused the state of needlessly confining people in mental wards and hospitals because it lacked community treatment options.

Lawmakers have since authorized spending $11 million in state and federal funds to strengthen community-based mental health services and provide coverage to thousands of people.

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