Each year, the Lakes Region Mental Health Center, formerly known as Genesis Behavioral Health, asks each of the 24 towns in our service catchment area to provide funding for the delivery of Emergency Services to the residents of those towns.  In New Hampshire, the State mandates that all Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) like LRMHC must provide emergency services to the towns we serve regardless of the patient’s ability to pay, but the State provides no funding to do that.  Funding from the towns we serve helps us to reduce the financial deficit we incur by providing those services to residents.

We would greatly appreciate your support when you go to the polls in March!

Purpose of Appropriation Request:

To ask each town in our catchment area to provide funding to support the delivery of Emergency Services to the residents of that town. Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC) is required by contract with the State of New Hampshire to have an Emergency Services program that serves every town in its catchment area. Consequently, support from municipalities is critical to ensure the sustainability and availability of Emergency Services for every resident of every town.

Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC) is a private, non-profit organization designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. Founded in 1966, LRMHC provides comprehensive, integrated mental health treatment for people living with – and recovering from – mental illness and/or emotional distress.  In Fiscal Year 2017, LRMHC’s 190 employees served 3,883 children, adults and families and provided almost $1,000,000 of charity care.

Organizational Overview

LRMHC provides 24/7 Emergency Services; individual, group and family therapy; mobile crisis teams in the event a tragic event occurs that impacts a community at large, psychiatry; nursing; community support programs for people with severe and persistent mental illness; care management; community-based supports; housing; supported employment; substance use disorder treatment; and specialty services and evidence-based practices for children and their families, including trauma-focused therapy, art therapy and play therapy. Child Impact seminars are offered in Laconia and Plymouth for divorcing families.

LRMHC collaborates with many other organizations in the region to improve access to care and meet the mental health needs of the community. Clinicians are on-site at several primary care offices, area school districts, nursing homes, Plymouth State University, and Lakes Region Community College.  LRMHC works closely with the judicial system to provide treatment and support for those at risk of incarceration due to their illness.  LRMHC is a key partner in the Laconia School District’s “Safe Schools” grant.  The agency works closely with LRGHealthcare and Speare Memorial Hospital to provide medical staff, training, and support for programs such as the provision of Emergency Services at three hospitals, the Designated Receiving Facility in Franklin, the Senior Psychiatric Unit in Laconia, and telehealth to rural areas.  LRMHC was one of only sixty recipients nationwide to receive a $1.6 million four-year Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2015.  This grant will allow LRMHC patients to have integrated mental and physical health care at the community mental health center, provided through partnerships with the two area Federally Qualified Health Centers (HealthFirst Family Care Center and Mid-State Health Center).

Our coverage area includes the following towns and counties:

Belknap County Southern Grafton County
Alton Alexandria
Barnstead Ashland
Belmont Bridgewater
Center Harbor Bristol
Gilford Campton
Gilmanton Ellsworth
Laconia Groton
Meredith Hebron
New Hampton Holderness
Sanbornton Plymouth
Tilton Rumney