Press Statement

August 15, 2018

Meghan Farrell, Communications Director, 603-225-9540 x129

new hampshire's plan to fight addiction includes evidence-based, community level solutions

CONCORD, N.H. – This morning, Governor Sununu and Department of Health and Human Services Commission Jeffrey Meyers released the details of New Hampshire’s plan to use a potential $45 million federal grant to combat substance misuse. In response to the announcement, Michele Merritt, President and CEO of New Futures, released the following statement:

“It has long been clear that access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs are paramount as New Hampshire attempts to overcome our addiction epidemic, and we are pleased to see this plan take that into account,” said Merritt. “We are encouraged that the state’s plan takes a holistic, person-centric approach to treatment and recovery.  It supports a more fully integrated system of care, including recovery housing and job and economic opportunities, and it directs further resources toward certain populations in need, including pregnant women, children and families in rural areas, and individuals in the criminal justice system, among others.  These are investments we need to ensure that treatment and recovery services are available to everyone in our state.

“Still, despite this funding, there remains much more work to do to combat substance misuse in our state.  We must further our prevention efforts, and we must continue to build our system of community and in-home supports for children and families impacted by addiction.  The bipartisan work of state and federal officials, including Governor Sununu and Commissioner Meyers, is an important step to New Hampshire being more well-prepared to fight substance use disorder in the Granite State. Our work does not end here.”

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.