Sep 30, 2015 4:12 PM
NH will reduce required size of bedrooms for substance abuse treatment centers
CONCORD – The state plans to revise regulations that apply to residential substance abuse treatment centers, in particular rules about the size of bedrooms.
The prior requirement of 160 square feet for a double occupancy room dates back to 2009 and will be revised to 120 square feet based on recommendations from a recent review of state standards. The 120-square-foot standard was found to be consistent with the rules in 17 other states.
“Increasing New Hampshire’s treatment capacity is critical as we work to strengthen our ongoing efforts to combat the heroin and substance abuse crisis,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said. As part of that effort, she says she'd directed the department to revise bedroom size requirements "to create a consistent standard that is fair to all providers.”
While the state's Health Facilities Licensing Unit revises the rules for the bedroom square footage requirement, they will accept waiver requests consistent with the review’s recommendation.
The review document indicates that N.H. currently as 7 licensed substance-abuse providers with 228 beds and 2 pending applications with a total of 50 beds. In addition, Easter Seals has said it plans to renovate a property in Franklin by February of 2016 to provide an additional 20 licensed residential beds.