NH DHHS - Drug and Alcohol Services to Be Administered on a Regional Level through a Community-Based System

Concord, NH – The Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been working for several years to create a sustainable State and community prevention infrastructure for the delivery of drug and alcohol services. The ten Community Prevention Coalitions (CPCs), which were created under this initiative to cover the entire State and meant to reduce the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, will now become Regional Networks.

The new Center for Excellence, which is a public-private venture supported by DHHS from funding made available from the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, will provide guidance and technical assistance to each of these Regional Networks.

The misuse of alcohol and drugs is a problem that affects New Hampshire residents in many ways. It is a factor in increasing health care costs, loss of business productivity, divorce rates, crime rates, domestic violence, poor educational outcomes among youth, and child abuse and neglect.

“This project has resulted in a huge change in New Hampshire,” said Anne Crawford, Program Specialist at BDAS. “We have moved from smaller pockets of prevention scattered throughout the State to a more cohesive system, creating greater collaboration among stakeholders that better serves citizens and more evenly covers all regions. This will result in better prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services.”

Eleven Million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded this work over the last six-years. The goal was to develop a strategic prevention system in New Hampshire at all levels, state, regional, and community and ultimately reduce substance abuse. The tasks undertaken to achieve this final goal included collecting data, forming partnerships, implementing evidence based interventions, providing education, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of prevention programs, practices, and policies in New Hampshire.

For more information about BDAS visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/ATOD/default.htm.