February 21, 2017

Senator Hassan Emphasizes Importance of Expanding Access to Substance Use Treatment at Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center Groundbreaking

Senator Hassan Emphasizes Importance of Expanding Access to Substance Use Treatment at Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center Groundbreaking

From left to right: Dean Christon, Executive Director NH Housing Finance Authority; State Senator Dan Feltes; Arthur Sullivan, Principal Partner, Brady Sullivan Properties; State Senator Chuck Morse; State Senator Lou D'Allesandro; Dick Anagnost, President, Anagnost Companies, and Chair, Families in Transition Board of Directors; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder, Families in Transition; Gov. Chris Sununu; Chris Scott, Senator Shaheen's Office.

MANCHESTER - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center, highlighting the importance of expanding access to treatment and protecting Medicaid expansion to combat the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis in New Hampshire.

"The expansion of the Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center will help make a difference in the lives of Granite Staters living with addiction by providing critical treatment and recovery services around the clock, and I commend Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Families in Transition for their tireless efforts to combat this crisis," Senator Hassan said. "I will continue working to ensure that those on the front lines of this crisis, including the dedicated professionals at Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center, have the resources and support they need to stem - and ultimately reverse - the tide of this horrible epidemic."

By expanding into the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center, Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center will be able to provide treatment and recovery services to 400 women annually and recovery housing to 40 women in 22 single and double occupancy apartments, including housing for women with children. In order to reduce the chances of relapse and to support those transitioning to substance-free living situations, the recovery housing will be staffed 24/7. The expansion in recovery housing at Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center was supported in part with funds provided to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority through Senate Bill 533, a bipartisan bill Senator Hassan signed into law as Governor that included additional funds to increase supportive housing for Granite Staters living with addiction.

As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Hassan is focused on strengthening treatment, prevention, recovery and law enforcement efforts. Last week, Senator Hassan joined in introducing the STOP Act, bipartisan legislation designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through borders to drug traffickers in the United States.

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