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State seeks to expand treatment for substance abuse disorder

February 28, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Health wants to expand access to residential treatment for substance abuse disorder services for Medicaid-eligible adults and adolescents through a federal waiver.

If the waiver’s approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more behavioral health facilities that provide residential and inpatient hospital treatment services to Medicaid beneficiaries would be eligible for reimbursement.

Department Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers says New Hampshire has some of the highest rates of youth alcohol and drug use.

While the state has spent more than $30 million in the past two years to expand access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery services, New Hampshire lacks adequate capacity for those treatment beds.

The department is holding hearings March 6 and March 13 and is public comment through March 30.

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