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Date: June 24, 2021
Contact: Bobbie Burgess,


CONCORD, NH – This afternoon, New Hampshire lawmakers voted to approve the State Budget for Fiscal Years 2022-2023, which now goes to the Governor’s desk for review. In response, Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures, New Hampshire’s leading health policy and advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“As we continue to face the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ongoing addiction, mental health and child protection crises, New Hampshire needs a budget that promotes health equity and access to care for all Granite Staters,” Merritt said.

“While this budget provides needed funding in a number of critical areas, including substance use prevention, treatment and recovery, Family Resource Centers, regional family support programs through Community Collaborations, and the children’s System of Care, among others, we remain deeply troubled by the insertion of language prohibiting diversity, inclusion and implicit bias training, and new restrictions on women’s reproductive rights.” 

“In these and other areas, this budget threatens the advancement of health equity in the Granite State. The negative impacts of these irresponsible policies cannot be overstated and will be felt for years to come.”
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. Learn more at