NH GOP - HASSAN HOLDS FUNDS TO FIGHT HEROIN EPIDEMIC HOSTAGE WITH IRRESPONSIBLE VETO

Hassan's Reckless Actions Blocking 75% Increase In Funding To Combat Substance Abuse

 

"New Hampshire is facing a heroin epidemic and it is unfortunate that millions of dollars in funding to combat substance abuse are being held hostage as a result of Governor Hassan's politically-motivated budget veto. Health care advocates pleaded with Governor Hassan to sign the Legislature's responsible budget, but the governor refused to listen to their concerns. It's time for Governor Hassan to stop focusing on petty political considerations and work with the Legislature on a sensible budget that will address New Hampshire's substance abuse crisis." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

 

Union Leader: "House Speaker Shawn Jasper Said...More State Help Would Be Available To Cities Such As Manchester To Combat The Growing Heroin Epidemic If Gov. Maggie Hassan Had Not Vetoed The Budget...The $11.35 Billion Budget Vetoed By Hassan Included A 75 Percent Funding Increase For Treatment And Recovery Programs" "House Speaker Shawn Jasper said Wednesday more state help would be available to cities such as Manchester to combat the growing heroin epidemic if Gov. Maggie Hassan had not vetoed the budget. On Tuesday, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard called on the state to do more to help combat the drug epidemic. Jasper said the $11.35 billion budget vetoed by Hassan included a 75 percent funding increase for treatment and recovery programs." (Staff, "More state help for addicts in budget," Union Leader, 7/8/15)

 

Senator Jeannie Forrester: "This Budget...Increases Spending On Drug And Alcohol Prevention, Treatment, And Recovery By 75 Percent More Than The Last Budget..." (Sen. Jeanie Forrester (Op-Ed), "Governor needs to share spending numbers, soon," Laconia Daily Sun, 7/6/15)

 

Concord Monitor: "Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed The State Budget...That Means The Alcohol Abuse Prevention And Treatment Fund Has Yet To Receive Its Expected Increase" Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the state budget, saying it promises more than it delivers. Now, New Hampshire is operating under a six-month temporary spending plan that funds the state at current levels while lawmakers come up with a compromise. That means the Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment fund has yet to receive its expected increase and the commission can't begin deploying the new dollars. (Allie Morris, "New Hampshire funding for treatment, recovery far lower than neighboring states," Concord Monitor, 7/6/15)

  • "Very Limited Resources To Deal With Substance Abuse" "New Hampshire has...very limited resources to deal with substance abuse, said Joe Harding, director of the state's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services." (Allie Morris, "New Hampshire funding for treatment, recovery far lower than neighboring states," Concord Monitor, 7/6/15)

Union Leader: "The State Needs To Better Fund Prevention And Treatment" "Melissa Silvey, a member of the Opioid Taskforce of Strafford County and director of public health and substance misuse prevention at Goodwin Community Health, said the state needs to better fund prevention and treatment." (Jason Schreiber, "Heroin deaths top highway fatalities in NH," Union Leader, 4/11/15)

 

Portsmouth Herald: "The Vetoed Budget Added Money For Substance Abuse Prevention" (Editorial, "Gov. Hassan's budget veto will prove a mistake," Portsmouth Herald, 7/2/15)

 

Union Leader: "If State Leaders Don't Take Steps Now To Address The Opioid Epidemic, New Hampshire Could Be Looking At As Many As 1,000 Drug Overdose Deaths A Year" "If state leaders don't take steps now to address the opioid epidemic, New Hampshire could be looking at as many as 1,000 drug overdose deaths a year, Tym Rourke told lawmakers last week." (Shawne K. Wickham, "1,000 NH overdose deaths predicted," Union Leader, 5/2/15)

 

WMUR: "'We Need More Action,' Police Chief Nick Willard Said. 'We Need The Leaders Of This State To Step Forward And Help Us With This Heroin Epidemic, Because It's Not Going Away.'" (Josh McElveen, "Heroin seizures up 20 times in Manchester over last year," WMUR, 7/7/15)

 

Concord Monitor: "Lack of State Resources" "Drug deaths have surpassed traffic deaths, suicides and homicides in New Hampshire...When facing a lack of state resources to help stay sober, recovery advocates - many of whom are in long-term recovery themselves - are taking matters into their own hands." (Ella Nilsen, "With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery," Concord Monitor, 7/9/15)

 

Associated Press: "Budget Would Have Doubled Money In Prevention, Treatment And Recovery" "Throughout the budget process, Republicans and Democrats alike called for greater efforts to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem. The budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery fund to $6.7 million, allowing the state to begin investing in now-lacking recovery programs. Without the additional funding, the state can't start issuing requests for proposals for new programs and providers. (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

  • "For People Who Need Help, Advocates Say, The Delay Will Have Real Consequences...'That Means Continued Waitlists, That Means Continued Overdose Deaths'" "For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...'That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,' said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 'There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.'" (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

Portsmouth Herald: "Uncertainty...Will Further Jeopardize The Health And Safety Of Those We Support" "The uncertainty of a continuing resolution and a six-month delay on the increase will further jeopardize the health and safety of those we support. Providers, such as GSIL, need this new rate today." (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand," Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)

  • "Don't Veto This Budget" "Lastly, to Governor Hassan - Don't veto this budget; there's a lot of good in it. After all, 'a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.'" (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand, "Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)
     
  • "Increase That We Haven't Seen In Years" "...this budget contains a home care reimbursement rate increase that we haven't seen in years" (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand," Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)

Concord Monitor: "Advocates Fear A Veto Could Jeopardize Those Small Advances. They Are Worried About The Uncertainty A Veto Would Create" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Best Budget We've Seen In Years" "'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • "The Uncertainty That It Creates Is The Biggest Problem" "'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

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