US Reps Guinta & Kuster to highlight mental health bill at Mental Health Summit Monday in Concord


Monday in Concord: Guinta & Kuster to Highlight Mental HealthBill and Hear from Local Advocates at Mental Health Summit


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Washington, D.C. – This Monday, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will host a mental health summit to announce draft legislation the two Representatives are planning to introduce together in order to improve mental health care across the country. The summit will convene advocates and experts to discuss the draft legislation and other initiatives to improve the mental health system in New Hampshire.  Following welcoming remarks by Kuster and Guinta, three discussion panels on Co-occurring Disorders, Barriers to Care, and Mental Health and the Justice System will take place.  During the summit, Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster will hear from advocates, health providers, and state law makers about the challenges facing Granite Staters with mental illness, the current support system and treatment options, and plans to improve services and research in the future.


The draft legislation being discussed during the summit looks to address several aspects of mental health services and treatment, including the formation of a Mental Health Coordination Committee to establish a national strategy for the treatment of mental illness, the expansion of current demonstration projects for Federally Qualified Community Health centers, and increased investment in research for the prevention and treatment of mental illness disorders.  The Representatives will use the feedback they hear at the summit to revise and improve their proposal before introducing the joint legislation at a later date.


Monday’s summit will give advocates and providers a chance to share their expertise, suggestions, and concerns with Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster on how Congress can better support the mental health community.  Guinta and Kuster will be joined at Monday’s summit by NH DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, and NAMI NH Executive Director Ken Norton, as well as representatives from the health care, law enforcement, mental health, substance abuse, and corrections communities. 


This event is open to the press; anyone interested in attending must RSVP to


WHO: Congressman Frank Guinta

            Congresswoman Annie Kuster

            Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, NH Department of Health and                          Humans Services

            Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice, NH Superior Court

            Bill Ryder, CEO and President, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

            Jay Couture, Executive Director, Seacoast Mental Health Center

            Ken Norton, Executive Director; NAMI NH

            Tym Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorders, NH Charitable Foundation

            Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director, Genesis Behavioral Health

            Jim Woodward, CEO, Elliot Health Systems

            Bob MacLeod, CEO, New Hampshire Hospital

            Peter Evers, CEO and Executive Director, Riverbend Community Mental Health

            David Goldstein, Chief, Franklin Police Department

            Ronald White, Superintendent, Merrimack County Corrections

            Helen Hanks, Assistant Commissioner, NH Department of Corrections


WHAT: Guinta and Kuster to share draft legislation and hear from advocates during mental health summit


WHEN: Monday, May 11th at 9:00 AM


WHERE: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH