Statement

February 1, 2018

CONTACT:
Sheila Vargas, Public Relations Director
svargas@new-futures.org; 603-731-8051

STATE FUNDING CUT FOR CONTINUUM OF CARE COORDINATORS

CONCORD, NH – As the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced today, needed funding for Substance Misuse Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinators has been drastically cut. In response, New Futures and the Partnership for a Drug Free NH have released the following statement:

“CoC coordinators are doing critical work in every area of the state, and are particularly necessary during our opioid epidemic,” said Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures.  “Insufficient state and federal funding, which amounts to a $4 million reduction over the biennium, for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services led to this decision. Allowing these positions to go unfunded is unconscionable. We must fully fund the Alcohol Fund and ensure that adequate funding is in place to support Granite Staters in need.”

“Not only are CoC Coordinators the boots on the ground working with communities across the state to ensure that programming, policies, and more are implemented state-wide; but they are also a vital part of NH’s public health system.  The Partnership for a Drug-Free NH has utilized their knowledge and expertise of their communities in countless efforts to message the problems and the solutions to substance misuse in prevention, treatment, and recovery,” said Devin Oot, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH.

Addressing substance misuse and addiction effectively relies on a comprehensive CoC readily accessible to all populations in a given community. The four main components of an effective continuum are prevention, early identification, treatment, and recovery support. Access to, and coordination of, these services within a community may be as important as the services themselves.

ABOUT NEW FUTURES
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change. Visit new-futures.org to learn more.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG-FREE NH
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire is a nonprofit organization that strives to create and promote consistent statewide messages about the problems and solutions of substance misuse in New Hampshire through engagement of partners members and champions. Visit drugfreenh.org to learn more.

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