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Jan 21, 2016 1:34 PM

Fast-track approval given to NH drug treatment center opening Feb. 2 in Effingham

EFFINGHAM - A new drug treatment center is opening on Feb. 2 in the recently shuttered Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center - having received fast-track approval from state officials.

The 75-bed facility will be run by the same organization that runs the New Freedom Academy, a treatment center in Canterbury; and the Granite House in Derry, a sober living halfway house for men.

Eric Spofford, CEO of the Granite House, said the new facility will be known as the Green Mountain Treatment Center.

"A 75 bed facility is what we’ll be licensed for, it's going to treat adult men and women, ages 18 and up," Spofford said.

Green Mountain Treatment Center will be the largest facility in the state, Spofford said.

"Because of the lack of resources (patients) have had to leave state to find top quality care, and hopefully a lot of those folks won't have to do that anymore," Spofford said.

The neurorehabilitation center, which had served people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities, closed last year following allegations of abuse.

The announcement of the facility came on the same day Governor Hassan signed two new laws drafted by the Substance Abuse Task Force.

Following the resignation of 'Drug Czar' Jack Wozmak, Governor Hassan told NH1 News her office is actively looking to fill the position.

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