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Tuesday
May122015

US Reps Guinta & Kuster highlight mental health bill, hear from local advocates at Mental Health Summit 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – This morning, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a mental health summit to announce draft legislation the two Representatives are planning to introduce jointly in order to improve mental health care across the country. Nearly 100 mental health advocates, experts, and professionals from across the Granite State were in attendance to discuss the draft legislation and other initiatives to improve the mental health system in New Hampshire. 

 

"Reforming our mental health system is a cause both near and dear to my heart. As the primary caretaker of a family member battling a mental illness, I know firsthand how our current system is failing those with these illnesses and also where there are opportunities to strengthen our system. This is a common-sense and bipartisan issue; and I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Kuster to fix this urgent issue facing the Granite State,” said Guinta.

 

“I was so pleased to host this joint summit with Congressman Guinta in order to hear directly from local stakeholders in New Hampshire about how best to increase access to mental health care for those in need.  It’s long past time to remove the stigma around mental health and ensure that high quality care is offered in the Granite State and beyond, and I’m proud to join with Congressman Guinta in drafting legislation to improve mental health services across the nation. Today’s summit gave us a chance to receive feedback on our legislation from those in the community who are working on these issues every day on the ground in New Hampshire, and we look forward to incorporating their thoughts in our bill as we prepare to introduce the legislation in the House,” said Rep. Kuster.

 

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.  Guinta and Kuster will use the feedback they heard at the summit to revise and improve their proposal before introducing the joint legislation at a later date.

 

Today’s summit gave advocates, providers, and state lawmakers a chance to discuss with Guinta and Kuster the challenges facing Granite Staters with mental illness, the current support system and treatment options, plans to improve services, and their thoughts on how Congress can better support the mental health community.  Following welcoming remarks by Guinta and Kuster, three discussion panels on Co-occurring Disorders, Barriers to Care, and Mental Health and the Justice System took place. Kuster and Guinta were joined at the 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. 

 

 

(May 11, 2015 | Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster during today’s mental health summit with local advocates)

 

 

Friday
May082015

NH DHHS Releases New Tick Disease Prevention Plan

Reminds Residents to Take Precautions against Tickborne Diseases

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released a Tickborne

Disease Prevention Plan that provides detailed information about the

tickborne diseases encountered in New Hampshire and methods to prevent

them. The intent of this plan is to describe preventative measures and

actions that are recommended by DHHS for individuals in NH to prevent

tickborne disease.



“Lyme disease is a major public health issue in New Hampshire. The

Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan provides a collaborative and

comprehensive approach to staying safe from the type of tick that carries

Lyme disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. “Blacklegged

ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. These ticks even cause

other infections besides Lyme disease. This new plan highlights the many

ways that we can prevent tick bites."



In 2014, there were an estimated 1,415 cases of Lyme disease in New

Hampshire. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC), there were over 36,000 cases in the United States in 2013 (the most

recent year for which data are available), and New Hampshire had the second

highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the country.



Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is

transmitted to people by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also

known as the deer tick). The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between the

months of May and August when the blacklegged tick is in the nymphal stage.

The nymph is about the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to see, so

individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. Ticks that transmit Lyme

disease can also transmit other diseases, such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis,

and Powassan virus. Although not as common as Lyme disease, these have been

documented in New Hampshire.



Symptoms of Lyme disease in the early stages can include fever, headache,

fatigue, and most often a red skin rash that is round and may look like a

bull’s-eye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left

untreated can lead to complications of meningitis (inflammation of the

lining around the spinal cord), pain and swelling in large joints, and

heart complications.



DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:

Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaflitter
Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks

Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)

Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets, especially after being outdoors

Consult with your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets
Shower soon after returning indoors to wash or rinse off any unattached ticks
Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf
litter, and minimizing habitat or food sources for deer and rodents, which can carry ticks
Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash anywhere on you
The plan is available on the DHHS website at:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/documents/tbdpreventionplan.pdf. For more information about Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, visit the
DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/index.htm or the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at
www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.
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Friday
May082015

US Rep Guinta announces eighth townhall of the year 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta will host a townhall this Saturday in Seabrook to discuss issues of concern to Granite State seniors.  These are vital to the legislative process and serve to update Granite Staters on his work in Washington while receiving important feedback.  

This marks the eighth townhall of the year.  Congressman Guinta has now held one townhall in each of the First District’s seven counties.  

The Seabrook town hall will be focused on issues of concern to our senior citizens, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  

Eighth town hall of the year to focus on NH-01 Seniors 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts eighth town hall of the year

 WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of the New Hampshire interested in discussing issues affecting senior citizens and members of the press are invited to attend. 

WHERE: 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire. 

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday
May062015

US Rep Guinta announces eighth townhall of the year 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta will host a townhall this Saturday in Seabrook to discuss issues of concern to Granite State seniors.  These are vital to the legislative process and serve to update Granite Staters on his work in Washington while receiving important feedback. 

This marks the eighth townhall of the year.  Congressman Guinta has now held one townhall in each of the First District’s seven counties. 

The Seabrook town hall will be focused on issues of concern to our senior citizens, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

Eighth town hall of the year to focus on NH-01 Seniors

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts eighth town hall of the year

WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of the New Hampshire interested in discussing issues affecting senior citizens and members of the press are invited to attend.

WHERE: 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Friday
May012015

US Rep Guinta announces two roundtables 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta today announced two roundtables, one to discuss trade and commerce with Granite State business leaders and the other to discuss New Hampshire’s mental health system.  The first will occur next Friday, May 8th, and the second will occur on Monday, May 11.

 

“Hosting regular roundtables are vital for receiving as many perspectives as possible to help me devise legislative solutions to improve our state and our country.  I look forward to hearing from New Hampshire’s business leaders, as well as joining forces with Congresswoman Annie Kuster to bring together mental health experts, healthcare leaders and more to discuss two very important issues – business growth in New Hampshire and reforming our mental health system to best reflect the needs of individuals and their families affected by mental illnesses.”

 

Both roundtables are invite only.  Members of the press are invited to attend and are encouraged to RSVP to Danielle Adams at danielle.adams@mail.house.gov.

 

COMMERCE AND TRADE ROUNDTABLE

 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts Commerce and Trade Roundtable.

 

WHO:  This event is invite only.  Approximately 30 New Hampshire business leaders, including representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the New Hampshire Business Industry Association, will be in attendance.

 

WHERE: Medtronic, 180 International Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

WHEN:  Friday, May 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE

 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts Mental Health Roundtable.

 

WHO:  This event is invite only.  Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) will be in attendance to discuss mental health policies which affect so many Granite State families.  Healthcare providers, medical professionals, mental health advocates, family advocates and local officials will also be in attendance.

 

WHERE: UNH School of Law, Concord, New Hampshire.

 

WHEN:  Monday, May 11th from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

 

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