Consider the case of “Mark,” a New Hampshire resident who, through his 20s and 30s, develops mental health problems that blossom into something big and disabling. Stress brings on depression and anxiety until it is so disabling he is not able to function at school or hold a job. Perhaps he becomes homeless or has to be hospitalized, and has no resources to take care of himself.

Mark is a composite, representative of the people seen at Monadnock Family Services, a community mental health center based in Keene. CEO Phil Wyzik says most clients are impacted by disability or poverty or both, and most are served by the state’s Medicaid program.

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