May 2018

In This Issue...

  1. Letter from the Executive Director
  2. News and Resources
  3. Legislative Update

Job Listings

Are you hiring? Make sure to include you job listing on the NH Providers JOB BOARD by completing THIS FORM

Listings are free for NHPA members! 

Recent Listings:

  • Licensed Child & Family Therapist
  • Volunteer & In Kind Coordinator
  • Licensed Therapist
  • Program Manager
  • SUD & Mental Health Counselor

Become a Member Today

The NHPA has a beneficial membership for everyone, whether you work directly in the field of substance misuse, work with populations in need of substance use services, or are studying to work in the field, the NHPA has a benefits package specific to your unique needs as an individual or agency! Learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting OUR WEBSITE or by completeing an APPLICATION today.

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Members, Partners, and Colleagues-

   This is one of my favorite times of the year! We are finally emerging from a cold, gray April and I know that I am looking forward to May’s farmers markets and sunshine. This is also the time of year when this legislative session is winding down—take a look at our legislative update to see where we stand—and we start to look forward to our setting our advocacy priorities for the next year. The NH Providers Association strives to amplify the voices of prevention, treatment, and recovery services across the state via advocacy at every level of government. Let us know where you see challenges or solutions and together we can ensure that infrastructure here in the Granite State is protected and strengthened.

I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on July 19th.

Yours respectfully and sincerely,
Sarah Freeman
Executive Director 

News and Resources

Annual Meeting Save-the-Date

   Mark your calendars for the NH Providers Association's Annual Meeting to be held on July 19th, 2018 from 9am to 12pm, at Mill Falls in Meredith, NH. Keep an eye out for award nomination voting in the coming weeks! Registration coming soon!

Request for Public Comment

   New Hampshire has issued its draft proposal to amend and extend our current Medicaid expansion Section 1115 demonstration (Project #11-W-00298/1) for five years, through December 2023. This demonstration extension will enable New Hampshire to continue its successful track record of extending coverage to the Medicaid adult expansion group, consistent with changes being considered by the New Hampshire State legislature.
   In conjunction with this request, New Hampshire plans to amend its Medicaid State Plan to update the Medicaid Alternative Benefit Package (ABP) that will be provided to the Medicaid new adult group.
   The 30-day State public comment period on the Granite Advantage Health Care Program begins on May 8th, and there will be two public hearings:

Monday, May 14, 2018 from 2:00-4:30 pm
29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 pm 
77 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, NH

   All information regarding the Granite Advantage Health Care Program waiver and the Alternative Benefit Package State Plan Amendment can be found at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/granite.htm


Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs Update: A Time of Transitions

    Today, Annette Escalante, Director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, who was serving as Chairperson and Executive Director of the Commission has stepped down from the position of Chairperson. She will remain in the positon of Executive Director. The Commission unanimously voted to have Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way, to serve as Chairperson citing his organizational leadership experience and neutrality. Members of the Commission cited the need to address the process for leadership transitions going forward but noted that a swift decision was necessary to avoid a leadership vacuum.
    Governor Sununu discussed future funding of the Alcohol Fund by the hospitals and specifically the dedication of the hospitals to being a big part of the solution going forward. In addition, he and others see the need to add a seat for the hospitals on the Commission.
    The Honorable Ned Gordon, presiding justice of Franklin District Court, who while serving in the NH Senate, sponsored and championed the legislation that creating the Alcohol Fund announced that this was his last meeting. We commend his leadership, dedication to fully funding the Alcohol Fund, and ability to articulate the impact of the addiction crisis.
   Kevin Irwin who is currently serving as the Chair of the Recovery Taskforce and the Policy Taskforce will be stepping down from his role as Chair of the Recovery Taskforce in order to assume the role of the Data Taskforce. The Recovery Taskforce will be hold its next meeting on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Community Health Institute, 501 South Street, 2nd Floor, Bow, NH and will discuss this transition.

   All Commission and Taskforce meetings are open to the public. The next full Commission meeting will be June 22, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., location TBD. 



Online Renewals: LADC, MLADC, CRSW, LCS

The New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals is pleased to inform all MLADC, LADC, CRSW and LCS licensees that renewals will be processed online. The new online renewal process will start the first week in April. The new online renewals will provide an efficient method for applicants to renew their licenses. Payments/Fees will also be paid online using only Visa and Mastercard credit cards through the new application process.

Upcoming Deadlines

Reminder -The following deadlines are approaching:

1) May 10, 2018 at 3pm: Submit your application for the Substance use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support Services RFA-2019-BDAS-01-SUBST

2) May 11, 2018: Respond to the SUD Providers Training Topics Survey

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Take a moment to update your online profile through the NHPA website in order to:

  • Market your programs and services through our searchable online member directory,
  • Help us tailor communications and outreach to your needs, and
  • Ensure we have the most-up-to-date contact information for you!


Surgeon General’s Public Health Advisory on Naloxone

The Surgeon General’s has announced and issued a public health advisory regarding the need for widespread distribution and use of Naloxone to stop overdose deaths.


Legislative Update

Members can view this year's legislative work and the positions taken by the NHPA by visiting and logging into our News & Resources page along with many other helpful resources.


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