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                                                            2019

Concord Monitor (6/5/19) - Restore funding for HIV/STD prevention program in New Hampshire

Concord Monitor (6/4/19) - Public hearing on Concord’s $66.5M budget set for Thursday

Fosters (6/2/19) - Opioid crisis, system shortfall wounds New Hampshire’s children

Union Leader (5/31/19) - Dave Solomon's State House Dome: Medicaid work rule now in effect

Union Leader (5/30/19) - 2,000 vacancies represent size of systemic problem for Granite Staters

Concord Monitor (5/28/19) - Senate Finance Committee approves psych facility compromise

Seacoast Online (5/28/19) - Senate committee backs 25-bed facility to replace Secure Psychiatric Unit

NHPR (5/28/19) - Epping Teens Weigh In On Lawmakers' Plans To Tackle Vaping

Concord Monitor (5/26/19) - Discipline or treatment? Schools rethinking vaping response

Union Leader (5/25/19) - Signing dispute holds up DCYF bill

NHPR (5/24/19) - We Asked, You Answered: What Are N.H.'s Workforce Challenges?

NHPR (5/23/19) - In-Depth Day 4: What's Next for New Hampshire's Workforce?

Laconia Daily Sun (5/22/19) - Medicaid must be funded if nursing homes are to survive

NHPR (5/21/19) - In Depth Day 3: Who Are New Hampshire's Untapped Workers?

NHPR (5/20/19) - In Depth Day 2: How N.H. Employers Are Responding to Workforce Challenges

NHPR (5/20/19) - In Depth Day 1: Understanding N.H.'s Workforce Challenges, Including The Statistics And Trends

NHPR (5/20/19) - Sununu Calls for Change to Federal Medicaid Rules on Disability Services

The Berlin Sun (5/18/19) - The state has balanced its budget on the backs of caregivers

Concord Monitor (5/13/19) - Sununu to sign child welfare bills

NHPR (5/9/19) - The Exchange In-Depth: New Hampshire’s Workforce Shortage

NH Business Review (5/9/19) - A plan to ease healthcare workforce shortage

Union Leader (5/8/19) - Bill to reform mental health system for children clears House

Seacoast Online (5/7/19) - Low Medicaid reimbursement rate causing healthcare workforce shortage

Union Leader (5/7/19) - Former U.S. drug czar urges lawmakers to reject legal marijuana

NHPR (5/7/19) - Budget Hearing Draws Health Care Advocates, and Busloads Calling for more School Aid

Concord Monitor (5/6/19) - Health workers, organizations rally for higher health care spending

Union Leader (5/6/19) - Health care workers, patients press lawmakers to boost Medicaid rates

NHPR (5/6/19) - Medical Providers Hope to Keep State Budget Writers' Focus on Workforce Shortage

US News (5/6/19) - Providers, Families Rally for Health Care Workforce Bill

Union Leader (5/5/19) - Building a health care workforce: the real-life implications of inaction

NHPR (5/3/19) - Bill to Hire Dozens of New Employees at DCYF Heads to Governor Sununu

WMUR (5/1/19) - Advocates work to raise awareness of children's mental health

Fosters (4/30/19) - Support for SB 274

Fosters (4/27/19) - Legal marijuana rests in hands of NH Senate

Sentinel Source (4/26/19) - As goes Keene ...: Raising the tobacco/vaping age suddenly has some unexpected allies          

NHPR (4/25/19) - N.H. Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Access to Vaping Devices for Minors

AP News (4/23/19) - NH Senate hears plenty from opponents of legal pot

Valley News (4/23/19) - Opponents to N.H. marijuana legalization show up in force at hearing

NHPR (4/23/19) - Parity for Mental and Physical Care Coverage in N.H. Still A Work In Progress

Concord Monitor (4/18/19) - Concerns about costs rise as Concord hub-and-spoke system gains steam

Concord Monitor (4/15/19) - Data shows that children need home visiting

NH Business Review (4/15/19) - What will be in the NH Senate’s budget?

Sentinel Source (4/5/19) - A hike in state Medicaid rates is long past due

WMUR (4/4/19) - Marijuana legalization passes NH House, but support may be fading

NHPR (4/4/19) - N.H. House Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Nashua Telegraph (4/3/19) - Tobacco law headed for vote

Union Leader (4/3/19) - Nashua is one step closer to fining smoking, vaping teens

Union Leader (4/2/19) - Sununu calls on lawmakers to fund $26M secure psychiatric hospital

Manchester Ink Link (4/1/19) - $45K Manchester Community Health Center grant for pregnany moms and babies with SUD

Conway Daily Sun (3/29/19) - Senate passes a backstop bill to protect the insured

NHPR (3/27/19) - N.H. House Panel Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill, Reworks Tax Structure

Union Leader (3/23/19) - Beyond the Stigma: 'Everyone deserves to be happy,' says UNH student with anxiety disorder

Eagle Tribune (3/23/19) - N.H. lawmakers should support Family Resource Centers

Eagle Times (3/15/19) - Children's health data shows a need for statewide access to services

Manchester Ink Link (3/11/19) - Springing forward with Medical Matters

Nashua Telegraph (2/25/19) - Let’s keep our kids in school

Concord Monitor (2/21/19) - Hope for an improved child behavioral health system

NH Business Review (2/15/19) - NH urgently needs to reform school discipline

Nashua Telegraph (2/13/19) - NH health care worker shortage

Concord Monitor (2/12/19) - State's school discipline system is in need of reform

NHPR (2/11/19) - With Marijuana Legalization Across All Borders, What Does It Mean For N.H.?

NHPR (2/8/19) - New Data Shows a Widespread NH Shortage of Health Care Workers

NHPR (2/8/19) - Lawmakers hear testimony on bill that would raise the smoking age to 21 in NH

Union Leader (2/7/19) - Young voices back in battle to raise smoking age to 21

Public News Service (2/6/19) - Hearing for NH Bill to Repeal Medicaid Work Requirement

NHPR (2/6/19) - NH Lawmakers Debate Repealing Medicaid Expansion Work Requirement

Boston Globe (2/6/19) - New Hampshire's opioid crisis looms over marijuana legalization debate

InDepthNH (2/5/19) - Big turnout for bill to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire

NHPR (2/5/19) - Seabrook resident will join Hassan at State of the Union Address

Union Leader (2/5/19) - Recreational marijuana divdes NH, hopes and fears clash in House drama

Associated Press/Fosters (2/5/19) - NH marijuana bill sparks debate

Nashua Telegraph (2/4/19) - Advocacy group warns against legalization of marijuana

NHPR (2/4/19) - Hundred Seek Addiction Help in First Month of New State Doorway Program

Concord Monitor (2/2/19) - The bipartisan, $100 million plan to bring in health care workers

NHPR (1/28/19) - Report: Services for NH Kids "Tremendously Variable'

Union Leader (1/24/19) - Study shows need for early childhood investment in education in NH

Union Leader (1/17/19) - NH needs to help health care workforce

Associated Press (1/15/19) - Office of Child Advocate Releases First Annual Report

Concord Monitor (1/14/19) - Watchdog report over points to lingering problems at DCYF

NHPR (1/11/19) - Report: NH's Medicaid Work Requirement Will Have Unintended Consequences

Union Leader (1/10/19) - Senator's re-write of Medicaid work requirement under fire from GOP

Monadnock Ledger Transcript (1/8/19) - It's not about medicine, it's about money

Keene Sentinel (1/8/19) - Community Conversation to focus on cannabis legalization

Fosters (1/1/19) - Work requirements now included in new state Medicaid plan

2018

Concord Monitor (12/3/18) - The high costs of legalizing marijuana in New Hampshire

Union Leader (11/3/18) - Critics complain pot report is roadmap to legalization

NHPR (11/2/18) - With Final Report N.H. Pot Legalization Due, Commission Looks to Avoid Consensus

Union Leader (9/17/18) - Opioid crisis places strain on grandparents forced to raise their grandchildren

WMUR (9/17/18) - Grandparents raising grandchildren because of opioid epidemic share stories

Union Leader (9/13/18) - HB 143 Veto Overriden

Concord Monitor (8/28/28) - Michele Merritt: More steps to prevent substance misuse

Manchester Ink Link (8/27/18) - A cornucopia of health care news and views

Keene Sentinel (8/18/18) - Marijuana is topic; awareness, discussion the aim

Laconia Daily Sun (8/16/18) - Laconia envisioned as regional hub for drug treatment and recovery

AP (8/15/18) - New Hampshire crafts spending plan for opioid response grant

Union Leader (7/29/18) - First in the Nation, with room to improve

Rewire (7/10/18) - With New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements, 'People Will Lose Coverage'

Route Fifty (7/4/18) - Which state ranks highest for child well-being? 

Valley News (6/28/18) - Survey: N.H. Top in Kids' Welfare

WMUR (6/27/18) - Child well-being survey ranks New Hampshire first in US

Public New Service (6/27/18) - NH Tops for Children's Well-Being, but Census Change Raises Concerns

Fosters (6/27/18) - New Hampshire No. 1 in child well-being

Union Leader (6/27/18) - NH ranks first in Kids Count survey of children's well-being

Union Leader (6/22/18) - Prison drug treatment saves lives and makes us safer

Concord Monitor (6/6/18) - Report: Percent of children taken from families from substance abuse doubled in 4 years

Union Leader (6/5/18) - Beyond the Stigma: Opioid epidemic separating more children from their parents

WMUR (6/5/18) - Study shows increasing pressure on families from opioid crisis

Foster's (6/5/18) - Opioid crisis throws grandparents into caregiving positions, study says

WMUR (5/3/18) - NH House passes Medicaid expansion bill

Concord Monitor (5/3/18) - N.H. House quickly passes Medicaid expansion bill

Manchester Ink Link (5/3/18) - Medicaid Expansion Passes NH House

NHPR (5/3/18) - N.H. Houses Passes Medicaid Expansion Bill

Public News Service (5/2/18) - Granite Staters Rally for Medicaid Expansion

U.S. News (5/2/18) - Medicaid Expansion Supporters Rally Ahead of Key Vote

Concord Monitor (5/2/18) - Supporters of expanded Medicaid rally at State House

Union Leader (4/28/18) - Tough issues still to be resolved at the State House

Derry News (4/25/18) - Medicaid expansion chat joins legislators, community members

Keene Sentinel (4/23/18) - Local mental-health organization makes case for Medicaid expansion

WMUR (4/19/18) - Drug courts, Safe Stations at risk if Medicaid expansion is repealed

Manchester Ink Link (4/6/18) - Sununu: ‘Debate is over’ as Alcohol Fund gets 5 year/$50M boost from NH Hospital Asso.

NHPR (4/6/18) - N.H. Hospitals Pledge to Top Off Alcohol Fund for 5 Years

WMUR (4/6/18) - NH hospitals will provide $50 million in drug treatment funding

WMUR (4/5/18) - NH House gives initial nod to Medicaid expansion bill

Seacoast Online (4/1/18) - Toolkits to help moms with SUD

WMUR (3/28/18) - Amended Medicaid expansion heading to House floor

Manchester Ink Link (3/28/18) - A healthy path forward on state's mental health and addiction crisis

The Fix (3/27/18) - Alcohol Issues Overshadowed by Opioid Crisis in New Hampshire

Concord Monitor (3/22/18) - N.H. House punts on marijuana legalization; opts for further study

WMUR (3/22/18) - As opioid crisis persists, alcoholism still state's biggest addiction problem

U.S. News (3/20/18) - Expanded Medicaid Supporters Emphasize Role in Drug Crisis

Public News Service (3/20/18) - NH House Begins Debate on Medicaid Expansion

NHPR (3/12/18) - N.H. House Panel Wants Pot Legalization Bill Shelved

Manchester Ink Link (3/8/18) - Senate passes Granite Advantage Health Care program

Seacoast Online (3/1/18) - Pot legalization bill may be tabled for this year

WMUR (2/19/18) - Policy battles over Medicaid Expansion ramp up ahead of hearing

Concord Monitor (1/31/18) - My Turn: High rates of drug use make this state an island

Seacoast Online (1/27/18) - Thumbs up to educating parents

Fosters (1/23/18) - NH debates lowering drinking age to 20

Valley News (1/10/18) - Jim Kenyon: New Liquor Store May Boost 'Aclohol Fund'

WMUR (1/9/18) - NH House gives initial approval for recreational marijuana bill

2017

Concord Monitor (12/19/17) - Legislators announce bills to help cut neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns 

NHPR (12/19/17) - UNH Report Raises Alarm Over Rise in Opioid Dependency Among Newborns

Union Leader (12/19/17) - Senators unveil bipartisan prescription for opioid-addicted newborns

Associated Press (12/19/17) - Report: Drug crisis taking toll on NH newborns

WMUR (12/19/17) - Report: Fivefold increase in number of NH newborns with drug condition

Seacoast Online (12/8/17) - Hope on Haven Hill celebrates first anniversary

Keene Sentinel (11/29/17) - Keene Family YMCA to host event on helping people with addictions

NHPR (11/16/17) - N.H. Mulls Over Marijuana Legalization

Concord Monitor (11/15/17) - House committee rejects N.H. marijuana legalization bill

Union Leader (11/14/17) - House committee votes against marijuana legalization bill

Foster's Daily Democrat (11/10/17) - Dover residents honored for health advocacy in N.H.

NHPR (11/04/17) - Opioids & Motherhood: A Sadly Familiar Addiction Story

NHPR (10/24/17) - N.H. Makes Progress With Well-Being of Minority Children, But Could Improve

Manchester Ink Link (10/18/17) - Parent Advocacy Day: ‘I myself have changed my mind about an issue after hearing a personal story from someone’

Concord Monitor (8/16/17) - My Turn: The Price of Big Marijuana 

NPR Here & Now (8/3/17) - New Hampshire is no 'drug-infested den,' state leaders say

NHPR (8/4/17) - After Promising to Solve Opioid Crisis, N.H. Advocates Waiting for Trump to Reach Out

Associated Press (8/3/17) - New Hampshire is no 'drug-infested den,' state leaders say

Washington Monthly (7/31/17) - Curbing Substance Misuse

Rewire (7/24/17) - Some States Are Turning the Tide in Funding Child Care-Others Should Follow

Union Leader (7/22/17) - Tuftonboro police chief fires back at pot lobby

NHPR (7/20/17) - New Futures: Decriminalization Bill Includes Strong Teen Use Prevention

NH1 (07/13/17) - Sununu signs bill providing funding for full day kindergarten in NH

Education Week (07/13/17) - Kids Count Report Finds Positive Gains on Child Well-Being, With Areas of Concern

Christian Science Monitor (06/30/17) - One state’s opioid crisis sheds light on national health-care debate

Associated Press (06/28/17) - New Hampshire law gives grandparents custody preference

NH Journal (06/19/17) - NH ranked best state to raise children, but some state officials say more needs to be done

NH1 (6/16/17) - 1st of its kind in NH: Bill signed creating syringe swapping program

Union Leader (06/15/17) - House, Senate negotiators reach deal on $11.7b budget

CNN (06/14/17) - These states are the best, worst for raising children

Concord Monitor (06/14/17) - Republican budget negotiators finalize $11.7 billion budget

NHPR (06/09/17) - As Final Negotiations Begin, Here's Where Key N.H. Budget Issues Stand

NH Journal (06/06/17) - Alcohol Fund Becomes Latest Political Battle for N.H. Lawmakers During Budget Process

Concord Monitor (05/29/17) - Needle exchanges soon to be law but face limited resources

Foster's Daily Democrat (05/28/17) - NH moves closer to decriminalizing pot

Concord Monitor (05/26/17) - Advocates: Money doesn’t match rhetoric when it comes to Trump, opioids

WMUR (05/26/17) - Shaheen, Hassan discuss opposition to Trump budget in Concord

WMUR (05/25/17) - 'Keno-garten' amendment proposes new way to fund kindergarten

NH Journal (05/18/17) - Grandfamilies in New Hampshire and What They Have to Do With the Opioid Crisis

Keene Ledger Transcript (05/16/17) - Local and state officials discuss opioid crisis

NH1 (05/09/17) - Sununu and HHS Secy. Price teaming up to hear directly about NH's drug crisis war

Concord Monitor (05/09/17) - Shaheen and Hassan: Focus on fixing Affordable Care Act, don’t repeal

Concord Monitor (05/09/17) - Trump pledged to solve the opioid crisis, but is proposing to cut programs that combat it

(05/09/17) - New Futures report discussed live on air

Concord Monitor (05/08/17) - N.H. Loses Billions Each Year Due to Drugs and Alcohol

NH Charitable Foundation (05/08/17) - Economic Cost of Substance Misuse in N.H.: $2.36 Billion Annually

Union Leader (05/08/17) - Substance abuse report claims addiction has NH's economy on the nod

NHPR (05/08/17) - Report: Substance Misuse in N.H. Takes $2.3 Billion Toll on State's Economy

Senator Hassan (05/08/17) - Senator Hassan Statement on New Futures’ Report Detailing Economic Impact of Alcohol and Drug Misuse

Union Leader (05/07/17) - NH cost of drug, alcohol abuse: $2.36 billion

NH Journal (05/07/17) - House Approves Full-Day Kindergarten

Union Leader (04/11/17) - Bradley wants to put the criminal back in pot decriminalization

NHPR (04/24/17) - N.H. Continues To Make Millions Off Alcohol, But Spends Little To Curb Impact

NHPR (04/11/17) - N.H. Senate Weighs Whether to Loosen State's Marijuana Laws

Foster's Daily Democrat (04/05/17) - Rallying for Life Saving Treatment

Foster's Daily Democrat (04/05/17) - Alcohol Fund must be fully funded

Union Leader (03/25/17) - NH alcohol fund faces repeal effort

NH Journal (03/23/17) - House Finance Committee Takes Ax to Gov. Sununu’s Budget Proposal

Concord Monitor (03/ /17) - Editorial: A costly vice for the state

SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Policies (3/17/17) - Marijuana Legalization Bill Defeated in New Hampshire

Union Leader (3/16/17) - NH Business Newsreel: BIA to host legislative forum in Concord

NHPR (02/28/17) - Will Stricter Penalties for Dealers Help Stem N.H.'s Drug Epidemic?

NHPR (02/17/17) - Loosening N.H.'s Marijuana Laws Gets Broad Support During House Hearing

NH Journal (02/15/17) - Dems. Criticize Sununu for Not Fully Funding Alcohol Fund, but Previous Dem. Govs. Also Didn’t Fully Fund It

Concord Monitor (02/12/17) - Sununu’s budget proposal includes funding boost for developmentally disabled 

New York Times (02/10/17) - Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What?
 -- This story also appeared in various media outlets across the country including the boston.com.

Seacoast Online (02/09/17) - Share concerns over possible repeal of ACA

NH Journal (02/08/17) - Advocates Say Fully Financing NH Alcohol Fund is Crucial To Stopping Opioid Crisis

NH Public Radio (02/08/17) - What to Watch For as New Hampshire's Budget Season Gets Underway

Union Leader (02/07/17) - Legislators urged to restore law that funded drug treatment programs

Concord Monitor (02/07/17) - Lawmakers add money to alcohol fund for substance abuse treatment

WMUR (02/07/17) - Advocates urge lawmakers to fully fund longstanding state commitment to alcohol, drug abuse prevention, treatment

Union Leader (02/07/17) - Needle exchange bill gets backing in Concord

NH Senate (02/07/17) - RELEASE: Senator Kahn Advocates Full Funding of State’s Alcohol Fund to Provide Critical Prevention and Treatment Resources

NHPR (02/02/17) - Loosening N.H.'s Marijuana Laws Gets Broad Support During House Hearing

Union Leader (02/02/17) - Bill to decriminalize pot has bipartisan support

Concord Monitor (02/01/17) - After 10 years, N.H. opposition to marijuana decriminalization fading away

Union Leader (01/25/17) - Expansion of medical marijuana program debated at State House