- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Portsmouth Regional Hospital is temporarily increasing its number of inpatient beds for mental health treatment to help alleviate overcrowding in emergency rooms.

On any given day, dozens of people are waiting in hospital emergency rooms around the state for a bed to open at the state psychiatric hospital. Late last month, that number hit a record 68 patients.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital has a 30-bed behavioral health unit, including eight beds for those awaiting involuntary hospitalization. As of Friday, it is increasing the number of involuntary inpatient beds to 12.

Hospital CEO Dean Carucci says given the current crisis, officials felt compelled to step up.

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