In the 1990s, New Hampshire topped national rankings for its mental health system. Over the past twenty years, however, care has deteriorated to the point of crisis. With the erosion of community-based care, a ‘revolving door’ pattern of hospital admissions, and an alarming number of mentally ill Granite Staters in our prisons and jails. And so, in early 2012, the Disabilities Rights Center filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs who had experienced prolonged stays in state institutions.
A day after federal regulators sued an online lender, accusing it of collecting money that consumers didn't owe, New Hampshire's attorney general says the state will be joining others in pursuing similar violations involving the business.
“Officer-involved shootings”: that’s when police fire their guns during confrontations with suspects. After two such shootings recently killed two people, questions have been raised about police use of deadly force. But many in law enforcement say it’s become a more dangerous job, and that they go to great lengths to avoid harm. We’ll look at police training and protocols.
The Attorney General’s office has announced a settlement in what it calls the largest illegal wetlands fill in New Hampshire History. The company involved faces up to $1.3 million dollars in state and federal fines, restoration, and "supplemental environmental projects."
The creation of a new fraud unit at the state Attorney General’s office has stalled again. Thursday, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to table a request to approve funding for it.
The governor and Executive Council have approved the unit, which would be funded by the state’s mortgage settlement with big banks. But the Republican-dominated committee has resisted allocating money to it, saying it would ultimately add staff to the government payroll. But the AG’s Consumer Protection Bureau Chief James Boffetti says a fraud unit is needed.
Last month New Hampshire Charter Schools in development got some very bad news: the board of education voted that they would no longer be approving new applications. Their reason: the state is all out of funding for such schools.
Charter school advocates blasted the decision, saying it made no sense, because the new schools would fall under next biennium’s budget. Wednesday the Attorney General’s office told lawmakers if they want to get money to those schools, they’ll have to change the laws.
The State is fining Concord Hospital over two hundred thousand dollars. The hospital was nabbed for not disposing its pharmaceutical waste properly.
During an inspection the Department of Environmental Services found that Concord Hospital was throwing pills and other non-infectious medical waste straight into the garbage. According to the DES this is the first time in New Hampshire that a civil suit has been filed for improper disposal of pharmaceuticals.
The Attorney General Offices of New Hampshire and Massachusetts have settled with UMASS Memorial Health care in a scandal tied to bone marrow testing.
UMASS Memorial Health Care owned the testing lab that housed the Caitlin Raymond International Registry. High testing fees triggered an investigation a bit over a year ago.
Under the settlement, UMASS Memorial agrees to pay a total of about $850,000. About two thirds of that goes to Massachusetts where most of the bone marrow donors lived. The hospital will pay New Hampshire about $250,000.