September 13, 2018
Legislature overrides a veto to increase access to treatment
Today, the New Hampshire Legislature voted to override Gov. Sununu’s veto and pass HB 143 into law, increasing access to treatment services for certain individuals on parole from the corrections system who have experienced a recurrence of a substance use disorder. This important law empowers the N.H. Adult Parole Board to send certain parolees to residential treatment, rather than sending them back to prison, when they violate the terms of their release. In response, Michele Merritt, New Futures' President & CEO, released the following statement:
“We know too well that incarceration does not advance long-term recovery,” Merritt said. “None of our prisons or jails currently offer evidence-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, and our friends and neighbors in the corrections system are left to battle their addiction on their own.
“Now, thanks to the wisdom of our lawmakers, these individuals, their families, and our state as a whole will benefit from the treatment services made available through HB 143. Rather than returning them to prison, this law will help many individuals stay on the road to recovery. I thank each legislator who voted to support this important bill, and I look forward to continuing our work together to expand access to treatment and to bring an end to this public health crisis.”