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Executive Council approves $1.2m for Harbor Homes, Keystone Hall

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 11. 2018 9:42PM

GREENFIELD — The Executive Council on Wednesday unanimously approved more than $1.2 million in retroactive contracts for two agencies on the front lines of the opioid battle, but not before asking questions about a state review that found several deficiencies in how previous contracts were handled.

Recently completed site reviews by state officials of Harbor Homes and the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism, which runs Keystone Hall, resulted in multiple recommendations for improvement if the agencies expect to continue to receive state contracts.

“For years, we were handing out money with very little financial oversight or auditing,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “We have started an auditing process, not to be punitive, but as an assistance measure. Some organizations are run very well, and some aren’t. Not because of a lack of effort but because sometimes they need additional assistance, and this will allow us to fill those gaps.”

In addition to the two Nashua-based agencies, both run by the Partnership for Successful Living, the state has completed a review of HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, and will soon complete a review of Hope on Haven Hill, a residential recovery center for pregnant women with substance use disorders.

“This is new to them, too,” Thomas Pristow, deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, told the council. “We have to work with them to gear them up to the accountability platform. For all our contracts, we are looking to have that language in there. How much did you do? How well did you do it? And is anyone better off because of the services you are providing?”

The contracts approved on Wednesday include:

• $500,000 for Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism to provide addiction services to low-income pregnant or parenting women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

• $300,000 for the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism to continue to provide a statewide crisis line for substance use disorders.

• $150,000 to Harbor Homes for substance use disorder crisis respite shelter, increasing an existing contract from $300,000 to an amount not to exceed $450,000; and,

• $244,391 to Harbor Homes, increasing an existing contract from $4.6 million to $4.8 million, to open two new recovery community centers.

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