By his own account, Chris Sprague had a happy childhood. He grew up in a good home and vowed that he would never drink or take drugs. Then his father died and Sprague fell in with friends who did both. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he was addicted to opioids and had lost everything he h…

State health officials expect to double the number of children with serious behavioral problems who get “wraparound” services such as peer support, in-home counseling and respite care, after the federal government approved a change in the state’s Medicaid plan.

PORTSMOUTH - There's a happy hum in the basement of the North Church Parish House when a visitor arrives on a recent mid-summer morning. Two women step forward with broad smiles of welcome; across the room, several people are busy on computers, but they, too, look up and smile.