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Campaign aims to increase focus on mental health, addiction

Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy is coming to New Hampshire to kick off a new campaign aimed at putting mental health and addiction issues front and center for policymakers.

Kennedy is leading a roundtable for the NOW Campaign on Tuesday morning in Manchester. New Horizons, an adult homeless shelter, and Manchester Community College are co-hosts of the event. A goal of the campaign is to get presidential candidates and state and business leaders to put a greater focus on substance abuse and mental health services.

New Hampshire leaders including Mary Ann Cooney with the state health department, New Hampshire Hospital chief executive Robert McLeod, Amy Messer...