Mar 25, 2016 11:54 AM

NH Senators approve more than $5 million for substance abuse

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The Senate has approved more than $5 million in fresh funding to fight the state's substance abuse crisis.

The 24-member body is unanimously backing the bill despite a partisan spat over where the money should come from. The bill authorizes Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan to appropriate the money from unspent funds in various state departments.

The bill gives $4.5 million to the Department of Health and Human Services, which can choose to spend it on affordable sober housing or give to the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

It also provides $500,000 in grant funding for peer recovery support services and about $125,000 for the state attorney general's office to hire a new drug prosecutor.


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