New Hampshire awarded more than $300k to battle opioid crisisBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 21. 2018 9:05PM
CONCORD — The state has been awarded more than $300k in federal funds to expand access to treatment and recovery services — including the Safe Station program — for those battling opioid addiction in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Tuesday the state has been awarded $333,000 in federal grant money by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase funding for expanding “access to treatment services, provide enhanced supports for people in recovery and provide wraparound services,” according to a press release issued by DHHS. DHHS is expected to use the funds to enhance Safe Station programs in Manchester and Nashua, and expand statewide Regional Access Points services (RAPs).
“This funding will help to support New Hampshire’s ground breaking work to combat the opioid crisis,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “We were one of the first states into this crisis, but I have no doubt that we will be the first state out of it.”
“We are grateful to SAMHSA for this award, which will fund programs that help people misusing opioids and other substances get the supports and services they need,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “In the throes of the worst public health epidemic facing New Hampshire, the State has acted to expand capacity and increase access to treatment and recovery services. This funding will allow us to expand programs that have successfully helped many people begin the road to recovery.”
New Hampshire was one of 10 states eligible to apply for up to $333,000 of supplemental funding from SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response (STR) to the opioid crisis, a component of the CURES Act. The new grant is in addition to SAMHSA’s original award of $3.1 million per year for the next two years for targeted substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services in the state. Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH), co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, applauded the announcement, calling expanded access to treatment and recovery services “critical to tackling the opioid crisis.”
“In New Hampshire we’ve been hard hit by the opioid crisis but we’ve seen individuals, organizations, and municipalities stepping up to the challenge and making a real difference in the lives of people suffering from substance use disorder,” said Kuster. “I’m pleased that SAMHSA awarded this grant and recognizes the importance of bolstering support for Regional Access Points and programs like Safe Stations in New Hampshire. However, there is much more that must be done.”