The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced it awarded New Hampshire $28 million in federal funding through State Opioid Response (SOR) grants for substance-use-disorder treatment.
Over the past four years, the state has received approximately $92 million in funding through SAMHSA grants.
In December, a $1.4 trillion federal government funding bill expanded SOR grants to include patients diagnosed with cocaine and methamphetamine dependency. The grants formerly applied only to opioid addiction.
“Treatment saves lives and helps those suffering with drug dependencies to start anew – that’s why this funding is so vital,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said. “For the last several years, I’ve been working with New Hampshire’s federal delegation and a bipartisan group of senators from hardest-hit states to prioritize treatment funding to our states. This effort has been one of my top priorities in Congress. This is also the first year that this grant award can be used to also help those who struggle with meth and cocaine use – a change that came from conversations with treatment providers in New Hampshire. Our state has lost far too many loved ones, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to this crisis, and I’ll continue to do everything in my power to help turn the tide.”