Oversight of Substance Use Treatment System

TAKE ACTIONOversight of Substance Use Treatment System


Over the last decade, New Hampshire’s substance use treatment system has grown significantly as the addiction crisis has spread. Without oversight by the State, the system is largely unregulated, leaving patients to navigate an uneven treatment landscape with programs and services that vary in quality across the state.

SB 495 aims to protect the health of individuals battling addiction by strengthening oversight and ensuring high quality, evidence-based services all across the treatment system.

About the Bill

SB 495 proposes to improve New Hampshire’s substance use treatment system by strengthening patient protections and ensuring high quality services. SB 495 includes two key parts: 

  • A certification requirement for outpatient substance use treatment provider organizations that would require them to meet certain treatment standards and become certified by the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide services.
  • Creation of a Behavioral Health Specialist position within the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Ombudsman that would be dedicated to investigating reports of abuse or misconduct by treatment providers. This would also make it easier for patients, families, and staff to report concerns.

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Bill Status

The Senate voted to pass SB 495 with amendment. The bill has now crossed over to the House of Representatives!

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee held a public hearing on the bill on April 17. Next, the committee will hold an executive session to vote on a recommendation for the bill. There's still time to email the committee to urge them to SUPPORT the bill.

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