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Aug 29, 2015 10:58 AM

State struggles to expand beds for drug treatment programs

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Roughly 40 people wait for treatment at Serenity Place in Manchester in a given week, hoping for a spot in one of the program's eight beds for drug addiction treatment.

New Hampshire has been struggling to stem the tide of heroin and opioid addiction after overdose deaths topped 300 in 2014. Increasing access to treatment beds is a top priority, but some facilities like Serenity Place are struggling to meet state licensing requirements needed to bill Medicaid and other insurance providers.

Without a license, Serenity Place is absorbing the costs of the treatment it's providing, can't move forward with plans to expand and runs the risk of being shut down.

At Gov. Maggie Hassan's request, a working group is now reviewing the licensing requirements as part of an effort to help programs like Serenity Place stay in business.


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