A Conversation with N.H. DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers

Apr 17, 2018

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Jeffrey Meyers, Commissioner of the Dept. of Health and Human Services oversees some of the state's most challenging issues: the opioid crisis and a struggling treatment network, a child protection system with high caseloads and under scrutiny, and a Medicaid expansion program under review.

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Jeffrey Meyers - Appointed in 2016, Meyers is Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services. 

DHHS Topics For Discussion

The opioid crisis and faltering treatment centers. 

N.H. hospitals promise $50 million to fund programs dealing with the opioid crisis. 

Some Hope for N.H. Recovery centers get a reprieve with state funding. 

A state audit finds multiple problems with Hope For N.H.'s financial and operational policies. 

Serenity Place, an addiction treatment center in Manchester, goes out of business after 40 years. 

Medicaid expansion under debate, as expiration date approaches. 

Medicaid expansion clears first hurdle in NH House. 

According to Kaiser Health News, Medicaid expansion programs have provided states with additional resources to cover many adults with addiction. 

The New York Times's coverage of the "Perfect Storm" that fueled N.H.'s opioid crisis. 

The mental health system, still struggling.

Patients still waiting for mental health care in emergency rooms, in some cases awaiting due process hearings.

There's been some progress on transitional housing -- as part of mental health reforms prescribed by the legislature last year.  

Health officials and Governor Sununu announce steps to expand community-based services