The NH Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association applauds Governor Hassan’s commitment to substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery as evidenced by her focus on addressing the addiction epidemic in her proposed budget. The solutions proposed in Governor Hassan’s budget that include reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program, extending a substance use disorder benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, and increasing funding to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Treatment and Recovery are an incredible step in the right direction towards improving the health of our citizens and ensuring economic prosperity for New Hampshire.
Presently, only five percent of those that need treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse in NH are able to access the services they so desperately need. The treatment providers in the state have been working around the clock to accommodate the facility and administrative changes that must be made in order to accept NH Health Protection Plan clients. Governor Hassan’s reauthorization of the program, in addition to extending the substance use benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, will ensure that those who need treatment will finally be able to access it and that programs will be ready and able to accept them. If New Hampshire even doubles the amount of treatment available, the return on investment will be significant, with approximately $227 million in annual savings.
“For years, prevention, treatment and recovery services have been hanging on by a thread. In a time where services for substance misuse are overwhelming necessary, Governor Hassan’s commitment to resources that address our addiction epidemic is a saving grace for our programs and the hundreds of New Hampshire citizens that are dying at the hands of a disease that is 100% treatable,” said Abby Shockley, executive director of the NH Providers Association.
The New Hampshire Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association is a nonprofit membership association that represents individual and agency providers of substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.