|TELL YOUR SENATOR TO FUND PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY
The NH State Senate is having its only public hearing on the budget on
Tuesday, May 5th starting at 3 p.m. in Representatives Hall at the NH State House.
Please join us in sending the message that enough is ENOUGH. Wear your yellow rally shirt or order a unisex t-shirt by sending your size to firstname.lastname@example.org (these shirts go fast so first come, first serve).
Schedule for Tuesday, May 5th
- 2:15 p.m. – a large group will leave 10 Ferry Street to march to the State House. There is free parking at 10 Ferry Street. The State House is approximately a seven minute walk away.
- 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – the first round of the Senate Finance budget hearing
- 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – scheduled break
- 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – second round of Senate Finance budget hearing
RAISE YOUR VOICE
Interested in testifying? Take two minutes and tell the Senate Finance Committee why prevention, treatment and/or recovery supports are important to you.
*Please note- all voices are welcome, but if you or a loved one could benefit from the NH Health Protection Program your voice is ESPECIALLY important. For the first time ever, granite staters are able to qualify for substance use treatment based on income alone–let’s be sure it stays this way!
Good testimony is personal, passionate, positive, and brief. Need help crafting your testimony? Contact Sarah Sadowski at email@example.com or click here for tips for testifying on the budget.
CALL YOUR SENATOR
Whether you are attending the hearing or not, be sure to call your senator and be a voice for the importance of funding for substance use disorders in the face of this epidemic.
Earlier this month, hundreds of advocates protested in front of the NH State House as representatives cut millions of substance use disorder dollars from the Governor’s proposed state budget. The Senate now has the opportunity to rework the budget and address our substance use epidemic through more funding for prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
House Bills 1 and 2 are New Hampshire’s budget bills and establish spending for state fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
We are advocating for a budget that:
- triples funding to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse per the Governor’s recommendation
- reauthorizes the NH Health Protection Program which provides a substance use benefit for folks making less than 138% of the federal poverty level
- extends the substance use disorder benefit to the existing Medicaid population
Click HERE for a PDF of statistics and talking points.
Click HERE to find your Senator!
Community Engagement Director
603-225-9540 Ext. 104
[Every Child Matters in New Hampshire]
Members of the NH House Finance Committee have proposed slashing many of the health and safety programs that serve and protect NH children and families, and the cuts far exceed what is needed to balance the state’s biennial budget.Some of the cuts include:
➢ $117 million: Department of Health and Human Services including:
* Developmental Disability Services – $52 million cut
* The developmental services system joins with local communities to support individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and their families.
* Alcohol and Drug Prevention Services – $6 million cut
* This service prevents the onset and reduces the progression of substance abuse, including underage drinking and the misuse and abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs, and to reduce the burden of substance abuse and related consequences.
* Emergency Shelters – $4 million cut (a 50% cut in funding)
* 4,760 persons sheltered in state-funded programs last year.
* This includes 689 families, including 902 children.
* Allows the NH Health Protection Program (Medicaid Expansion) to sunset on 12/31/16
* More than 39,000 (currently enrolled) low income adults will no longer have access to health insurance.
➢ $13.4 million to the University of New Hampshire System.
* NH comes in 2nd in the nation for student-loan debt
* NH is 6th highest in nation for in-state tuition costs
This equals more than $200 million in cuts to funding!
ACT NOW to STOP these cuts by adding your name to our petition
* See our Education & Training Page for more info and for registration link
Advocacy Training:Are you interested in becoming a New Futures advocate? New Futures works to reduce New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems by advocating, educating, and collaborating for progressive policy in the Granite State.In 2015, New Futures is holding four advocacy trainings in Concord:(March 3rd, April 23rd, November 17th, and December 15th). These trainings are done in partnership with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery and will include an Our Voices Have Power workshop-where advocates will learn about the importance of sharing their lived experience
The 46th Annual New England Summer School:
When: Monday, June 8, 2015 – Thursday, June 11, 2015
Where: Worcester State University
With over 80 courses, covering dozens of important topics, the New England Summer School is an event not to be missed. Coursework has been designed for new addiction counselors, prevention specialists, recovery coaches, recovery organizers, allied professionals, seasoned clinicians, criminal justice professionals, agency administrators, and all who encounter addiction in their work.
We encourage you to register today to ensure your course choices! Check out the course list and course descriptions. We encourage you to click here to register today to ensure your course choices!
The New England state agencies are generously offering partial state scholarships. Click here for scholarship application information.
NH WISDOM Alcohol and Other Drug Module Launched:
New Hampshire’s WISDOM public health data system launched its Alcohol and Other Drug module last month, providing five dashboards of data showing measures of prevalence of alcohol and drug misuse, perceptions that may influence misuse, and harmful impacts such as emergency room visits and drug-related deaths. This is the first time NH-specific data have been readily accessible to the general public. Data are searchable by population and geographies, including by county and by public health region. Additional indicators will be coming on-line over the next several months. Please note that when visiting WISDOM, it is recommended that only one module and dashboard should be opened at a time.
Deadline Extended – NH Youth SBIRT Initiative Cohort 2 RFPs
The New Hampshire Youth SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment): deadline for Cohort 2 RFPs extended to 5pm
on Friday, April 17
. This initiative will assist the medical sector and NH communities in implementing this strategy to reinforce healthy choices, identify alcohol and drug use problems early and to foster appropriate referrals to early and effective treatment from substance use disorders. Healthcare organizations are invited to learn more about this opportunity by visiting the NH Charitable Foundation website
New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP) Six-Month Report
In a recent brief prepared by the New Hampshire Hospital Association, New Hampshire Health Protection Program is Working as Planned: Early Data Shows Reduction in Inpatient Admissions, Emergency Visits, and Outpatient Hospital Services Among Uninsured Granite Staters. Early data indicate positive trends including a 17% reduction in the number of patients without insurance arriving at the emergency department seeking care in 2014. As of the middle of this February, 34,359 people had obtained health coverage through NHHPP. See the brief here
New Updates to the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
Several updates have been made to the online directory to streamline and help narrow treatment searches. Two new filters have been added to search by population and/or payment type and available treatment options can be reviewed and printed. See updates here
New Rules and Training Increase Access to a Life-Saving Drug
The NH State Department of Safety issued a press release announcing new rules and training to allow law enforcement personnel to more easily obtain a license to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who are overdosing. This is in response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Strategic Task Force on Preventing Death from Opioid Overdose. Read the press release here
Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH) Children’s Assertive Community Treatment Wraparound Services Application Due Date: Friday, April 10, 2015Grants will be made available to community-based agencies to build NH capacity for high fidelity wraparound and expand the array of services for high need children and youth and families including a focus on treatment for substance use disorders. Read the request for proposals report here
Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) Workforce Development for Alcohol and Drug Prevention Providers Application Due Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 Proposals are being solicited related to the assessment of skills, knowledge and abilities of the current drug and alcohol prevention and behavioral health specialist workforce and the development and implementation of a Prevention Specialist Mentorship Program. BDAS seeks to develop a mentor program that is based on core competencies in order to create professional development opportunities for prevention specialists of various skill and knowledge levels. Read the request for proposals report here
Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Mentoring Program Application Application Due Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 The primary goal of the DFC Mentoring Program is to assist newly forming coalitions in becoming eligible to apply for DFC funding on their own. Read about the request for applications here
2015 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Application Due Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 The purpose of this program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. Read about the request for applications here
Model School Policies & the Role of Student Assistance Professionals (SAPs) Webinar
The BDAS and the Center for Excellence will host a webinar on April 13
for SAPs and their role related to school policies. The webinar will include an overview of New Hampshire’s model policy guide, case studies from the field and an opportunity for cross-sharing. To register for the webinar, please contact Katy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org
>. All SAPs are invited to attend.
Continuum of Care Webinar
Recently, the BDAS hosted a webinar with the Regional Public Health Networks to help promote and introduce components of a robust, effective and well-coordinated continuum of care that encourages communities to support resiliency and recovery. The webinar is designed to lay the foundation for public health regions in the state to begin to address gaps in the continuum over time. Please reference the narrative
for more details.
Selecting Evidence-Informed Prevention Strategies: Resources for NH’s Prevention System
Updated guidance for selecting evidence-based prevention strategies is now available from BDAS. Review this document
for more information on researching and developing strategy recommendations.
NHHPP Recruits Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Practitioners
NHHPP needs licensed behavioral health practitioners to provide substance use disorder services to clients who need them. Consider enrolling in Medicaid and contracting with managed care organizations to deliver needed services. Utilize this document
for a detailed overview of the enrollment and credentialing process. Personalized support is available to practitioners to help navigate this process.
Core Competencies for Licensed Behavioral Health Counselors Treating Substance Use Disorders
The New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Treatment Task Force has prepared and requested the Commission and Governor to approve recommendations for the knowledge, skills and clinical support behavioral health practitioners should establish and maintain for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. These core competencies
and the workforce development to support them are anticipated to help expand the network of providers available to meet demand for treatment in the state. The recommendations have also been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.
Annual New Hampshire Safety & Health Conference
This year’s conference includes several presentations related to addiction including an opening keynote on distracted driving, information on steps companies can take to curb prescription drug misuse at work and several tracks will be offered related to addiction in the workplace. Get more information here
46th ASAM Annual Conference:Innovation in Addiction Medicine and Science
This year’s conference will integrate new changes to format and structure offering participants with the opportunity to learn about new strategies for diagnosis, treatment, patient care and public policy, explore new developments in the field of addiction medicine, and network with medical professionals, clinicians, researchers, leading scientists and policy advocates. Register here
Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) Annual Conference
Hold the date to celebrate the Greater Nashua PHAC implementation of the 2012-2015 community health improvement plan and participate in develop-ing strategies for the 2015-2018 plan. More details to come
as the date gets closer.
Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting: Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy
Register to attend this year’s conference that will offer the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, poster sessions and networking activities. Register today
Attend this online course to learn effective training strategies. More details to follow
as the date gets closer.
Annual New England School of Addiction
SBIRT:An Interprofessional Conference
This two-day conference will offer participants interactive workshops for a better understanding of SBIRT and its application and effectiveness. Get more information here.
Justice Involved Veteran’s Conference
Advocates and service providers for justice involved veterans in our state including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, mental health providers, law enforcement, correctional executives and officers, VA representatives, substance abuse treatment providers, peer support counselors and others who work with this population will come together to begin to discuss how to develop interventions to better serve this population. This first-time event is organized by the NH Department of Health and Human Services. See agenda
. Join the conversation by registering here
Drug Courts Work By Changing Lives
Robert Gasser, Training Officer for Grafton County Drug Court, shares his insight on the value of drug courts. Mr. Gasser helped start the second drug court in NH which recently admitted its 100th participant and has supported many with their personal goals in that “twelve participants have regained custody of their children; five have given birth to drug-free babies; five have earned GEDs; twelve have enrolled in college; five have started their own businesses; and one was reinstated into his professional career.” Read this editorial
Powerful Opioid Fentanyl Blamed for Spike in U.S. Drug Overdose
A recent nationwide alert
has been issued related to fentanyl overdoses. In the last two years the number of drug busts has increased and most recently the number of deaths has risen to alarming rates – including in New Hampshire.
From RX to Heroin
Check out this interactive infographic
which highlights one teen’s story about how the transition happens and actions that can be taken.
Why Wouldn’t You Increase Access to a Drug That Saves Lives?
Review this editorial on Narcan. Where do you stand? Read more
Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Prevent Users from Intensifying High
A study that surveyed 11,000 drug users at 150 treatment facilities across 48 states indicated that abuse-deterrent medications can cut down on prescription drug abuse. Another study also suggests economic benefits with the prescribing of abuse-deterrent opioids. Read more
SAMHSA Bans Drug Court Grantees from Ordering Participants Off Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Recently, it was announced that drug courts receiving funding cannot oppose offenders from receiving treatment such as buprenorphine or methadone for opioid use disorders. Read more
Program- and Service-Level Costs of Seven SBIRT Programs
NIAtx Publication Focuses on SBIRT
Check out The Bridge, a semi-annual publication providing up-to-date information on specific models and practices. Issue 2 specifically focuses on SBIRT and promoting the integration of substance use treatment into medical care.
American Drinkers Using Prescription Drugs May Be Risking Their Health, Study Says
A recent study involving more than 26,000 individuals 20 years of age and older between 1999 and 2010, indicated that more than a third who drank also used prescription medications that could lead to serious health consequences if mixed with alcohol. Read more
OUR MISSION: Influence public awareness, policy, and funding to support alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery especially as it pertains to youth, in Cheshire County, NH.
GOALS: Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.
We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention trainings, internships, and substance-free events all year.