June 19, 2017

At Serenity Place, Senator Hassan Highlights Devastating Impact Trumpcare Would Have on Efforts to Combat Substance Misuse Crisis

Serenity Place

Senator Hassan received a tour from Serenity Place CEO Stephanie Bergeron.


MANCHESTER – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan visited Serenity Place in Manchester, where she toured the facility, met with CEO Stephanie Bergeron and staff, received an update on the Safe Stations initiative from Manchester Fire Chief Daniel Goonan, and highlighted how devastating Trumpcare would be for efforts to combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis in New Hampshire.

Serenity Place is a behavioral health treatment agency offering services to Granite Staters struggling with substance use disorders. Licensed professionals from Serenity Place also provide services for Safe Stations throughout Manchester. For more information, visit http://serenityplace.org/.

“The Trumpcare proposal that Senate Republicans are working on behind closed doors would severely hinder our efforts to stem – and ultimately reverse – the tide of addiction in New Hampshire,” Senator Hassan said. “By ending Medicaid expansion, slashing funding for the traditional Medicaid program, and undermining the requirement that insurance companies must cover substance misuse and mental health services like those offered at Serenity Place, Trumpcare would devastate our efforts to combat this crisis and help save lives.”

“Medicaid expansion has been essential to so many of our patients at Serenity Place who otherwise would not have been able to access the substance use disorder and behavioral health services we offer,” CEO of Serenity Place Stephanie Bergeron said. “The American Health Care Act legislation being worked on in Congress that would reportedly end Medicaid expansion and include massive cuts to the traditional Medicaid program would be nothing short of a disaster for treatment providers across New Hampshire like Serenity Place. I will keep speaking out for our patients and for all Americans struggling with addiction.”  

Senator Hassan also highlighted the urgent need for all Granite Staters to make their voices heard as Republicans attempt to fast-track their Trumpcare proposal through the Senate in the coming days.

“I urge Granite Staters to continue sharing stories of those struggling with substance use disorder and how important Medicaid is to their recovery so that lawmakers in Washington understand what is at stake,” Senator Hassan urged.