Feds OK $23M to help NH treat and reduce opioid addiction
September 20. 2018 10:49AM
CONCORD - The federal government has approved New Hampshire's plan to create a hub-and-spoke system of care to address the state's opioid crisis.
The state Department of Health and Human Services was notified that it will receive nearly $23 million for the first of what is expected to be a two-year State Opioid Response grant.
The money, which is expected to total $45.8 million, comes from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is aimed at increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and reducing overdose deaths.
DHHS plans to create nine “hubs” around the state to serve as points of entry for anyone with an opioid use disorder. The centers will be located so that no one has to travel more than an hour to receive services.
The state plan also calls for increased access to recovery housing, peer recovery support services and workforce opportunities.
DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said the funding gives the state “a tremendous opportunity ... to create a system that is easily accessible, client-centered, and focused on services that will support long-term recovery for our residents.”
The next step comes Friday, when DHHS officials will ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for approval to accept and spend the grant money. The agency has already begun issuing Requests for Proposals to implement the plan.
To view the grant proposal: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/sor.htm.