Press Release: New Futures and UNH Law Release Updated Substance Use/Mental Health Resource Guide

April 23, 2019     
 Bobbie Burgess,

Amid Pandemic, New Futures and UNH Law Release Updated Substance Use/Mental Health Resource Guide

CONCORD, N.H. – This week, in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted health coverage and access to treatment for thousands of Granite Staters, New Futures and the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law/Institute of Health Policy and Practice are set to release their 2020 Consumer Resource Guide: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits.  The guide, originally released in 2016, has been updated and expanded to include information and resources to help individuals and families access needed treatment services.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, it’s more important than ever that Granite Staters have immediate and direct access to the substance use and mental health treatment services they need,” said Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures, New Hampshire’s leading health policy and advocacy organization. 

“Getting help in a time of need can seem overwhelming, especially during a public health crisis like this,” said Lucy Hodder, director of UNH Law’s Health Law and Policy Programs.  “This guide includes critical information about health insurance and services to help individuals access the treatment they need and help providers advocate for their patients. It’s a critical resource for our state as we work to overcome COVID-19 and the ongoing substance use epidemic.”

The 2020 resource guide, which was developed with assistance from the N.H. Insurance Department, N.H. Legal Assistance, Bi-State Primary Care Association, NAMI-NH, and other organizations, addresses how to find treatment, enroll in health insurance, make sure treatment services are covered, and appeal when coverage is denied.  It now includes information about New Hampshire’s three Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Doorways, and other resources for both substance use and mental health treatment, as well as a more detailed section intended to assist providers in helping their clients and patients. 

“Health insurance can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially if you are in crisis,” said Eireann Sibley, communications director at the N.H. Insurance Department. “New Futures and UNH Law’s Health Law and Policy Program have provided an excellent updated resource for consumers and providers alike, and we were happy to assist with the development of such an important guide.”

The guide was made possible through the generous support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Endowment for Health. The guide will be available on New Futures’ website Friday, April 24th.

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.

The UNH Health Law and Policy Program is a close collaboration between the UNH School of Law, the College of Health and Human Services and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice, focusing on education and research in health law and policy.