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$2.7m federal grant will help opioid-addicted women during pregnancy

February 20. 2018 11:31PM

MANCHESTER — Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials have chosen a Manchester location for the announcement of a $2.7 million federal grant to be used over the next two years to assist pregnant and postpartum women suffering from opioid addiction.

The grant, to be announced today at Families in Transition on South Beech Street, was awarded by the Executive Council at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 24.

Funded through the federal 21st Century Cures Act, the grant will “support and bolster obstetrical practices across New Hampshire to implement effective screening and treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders,” according to a Dartmouth-Hitchcock spokesperson.

The grant is intended to fund obstetric care, primary care, pediatric care and medication assisted treatment for pregnant and post-partum women, along with parenting support and education at eight locations, including sites identified as high need areas of Belknap and Coos counties where addiction treatment services are limited.

The services will be delivered through a perinatal addiction treatment program now operated by Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon that is integrated with seven other sites.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Executive Council member Chris Pappas will join several Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials for the announcement.

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