Substance abuse services across New Hampshire will be getting more than $1 million in new funding from the state. The Executive Council unanimously approved the move Wednesday in Keene.
The money comes from new funding given to the Governor’s Commission on Drugs and Alcohol in the recent state budget.
A quarter million will go to help build a new residential treatment center in the North Country. Meanwhile, $400,000 will pay for youth prevention services for greater Salem and Grafton areas. And another $400,000 will provide temporarily housing as part of the Safe Station Programs in Manchester and Nashua.
Gov. Chris Sununu says the new funding will save lives.
“We are focusing money where it needs to be focused – we do it better than anyone in the country when it comes to getting the most bang for our buck," Sununu said after the meeting. "So we passed a lot of contracts today that are going to help a lot of people dealing with the opioid crisis."
Chris Pappas and other councilors did, however, question whether this was enough, with overdoses still high.