The mother of a former Hampstead Hospital patient says New Hampshire needs better resources

The mother of a boy with severe behavioral needs said Friday that the state of New Hampshire needs to do more to help families like hers. Amy Robinson is a former nurse, assistant principal and mother of seven. She quit her job to take care of her 13-year-old adopted son full-time. “He has multiple mental health diagnoses,” she said. “I think there will be more once we get them.” She said her son had just been transferred to a long-term treatment facility in Virginia after a 47-day stay in an emergency department because there is a six- to nine-month period. Expect it to go into a New Hampshire facility. “It’s been tough,” Robinson said. “It’s also hard when he’s been home. I mean, there’s been a lot of trauma. We live in a house with cameras in every room. We have locks and alarms on the doors just to keep everyone safe.”>> Download Free WMUR . app to get updates from anywhere: Apple | Google Play <

The mother of a boy with severe behavioral needs said Friday that the state of New Hampshire needs to do more to help families like hers.

Amy Robinson is a former nurse, assistant principal and mother of seven. She quit her job to take care of her 13-year-old adopted son full-time.

“He has multiple mental health diagnoses,” she said. “I think there will be more when we get them fixed.”

She said her son had just been transferred to a long-term treatment facility in Virginia after a 47-day stay in an emergency department because there is a six- to nine-month wait to get into a New Hampshire facility.

“It’s been tough,” Robinson said. “It’s also hard when he’s been home. I mean, there’s been a lot of trauma. We live in a house with cameras in every room. We have locks and alarms on the doors just to keep everyone safe.”

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He said he has been in and out of facilities such as Hampstead Hospital and other facilities and emergency departments for more than a year. They removed him from the facility because they couldn’t meet his needs.

“I see hearts that want to help, but I see big gaps,” Robinson said.

Robinson said there needs to be better infrastructure at the facility, such as surveillance video that records. She said there also needs to be more resources available for when the child comes home.

He said often when a child needs this kind of care, he can’t wait months to get the treatment he so desperately needs.

“These kids who aren’t where they need to be, who are out in the community, they’re not safe,” she said.

Robinson said he fears for his son and others like him. She’s worried about what could happen if they don’t get the attention they need when they’re still young, and change is still possible.

“I think the sooner we attack the problem and hopefully be able to heal someone and help them become a productive member, the less criminal activity we’re going to have down the road,” he said.

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