Strafford County nursing home and NH create 16-bed mental health unit

DOVER — Strafford County has signed a deal with the state to provide 16 beds at Riverside Rest Home for nursing home eligible citizens needing behavioral health care.

At their regular meeting on Aug. 3, Strafford County Commissioners signed a contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to make 16 behavioral health long-term care beds available in a secured unit at the county nursing home.

Riverside Rest Home in Dover is run by Strafford County.

County Commission Chair George Maglaras said having the contract with the state means the county will be paid by the state to operate the unit.

“It’s a secured unit,” said Maglaras. “We are working now on the internal structure we need and making sure key personnel are in place. We know there is a great need, and we want to make sure we can give options first to residents of Strafford County.”

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