NH DHHS Announces Grant to Assist with Increased Access To Treatment and Recovery Services

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services has been awarded a four-year federal “Access To Recovery Initiative” (ATRI) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The ATRI is an initiative that provides vouchers to clients for the purchase of needed substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services.

“The Access To Recovery Initiative will help promote greater client access to, and choice of, treatment and recovery support services through more effective case management, and reducing barriers to care,” said BDAS Director Joseph P. Harding. “The NHATRI will focus on serving three priority populations during the first two years of the grant”

The priority populations include:
q Prisoners re-entering communities from state correctional facilities
q Multiple Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenders.
q Veterans returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BDAS will partner with the Justice System, the NH National Guard, current state funded, community based treatment providers as well as non-public entities and faith-based treatment and recovery providers. The goal will be to develop a system that is comprehensive and effective in meeting client’s needs.

It is estimated that 123,374 (NH Block Grant, 2010) NH residents are in need of alcohol and drug treatment and that less than 10% can be served in NH’s current system. NHATRI funding will be used to develop a more comprehensive, recovery-oriented system of care to provide essential recovery supports to complement traditional treatment programming.

Funding for the NHARTI will be approximately three (3) million dollars per year for the four years. When fully operational, the NHATRI will serve an average of 1,160 adults per year (4,645 across four years) seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders through expanded outpatient treatment, including treatment for co-occurring disorders, and for recovery support services including peer recovery coaching and ancillary services like transportation and child care.