Sep 21, 2015 5:40 PM
FRANKLIN - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for an expansion at The Farnum Center North campus, which will soon have an additional 62 beds at its substance abuse treatment residential facility.
New Hampshire has been ranked 2nd to last in the country for access to substance abuse treatment.
The nonprofit agency plans to add 42 beds in an exisiting building. One-million dollars will be spent on construction in an older building that will have add 20 beds by February 1, 2016.
"What we've done so far has been a good start but we're obviously here today because we know we need to do more," said Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Fielding questions following the official ceremony, officials were unable to give specifics about current wait times at New Hampshire facilities.
"There are currently 228 licensed beds in the state," said William Hinkle, Hassan's Communication Director.
"There are applications for another 50 [beds] pending and 66 beds under active consideration," Hinkle said.
The Farnum Center said there is no wait list, but a spokesperson said those inquiring are given a date to come in for a first appointment.
When asked what her advice is to families who are seeking immediate treatment to help a loved one, Governor Hassan said they should use the state website to get information about treatment center locations and what type of insurance they accept.
Hassan also expressed concern about the 2017 deadline for Medicaid expansion, which she says keeps treatment facilities from expanding or coming to New Hampshire.
321 people died in 2014 from heroin overdoses, officials say the numbers are on track to meet or surpass that record.
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