February 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Meets with Advocates, Grandfamilies Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

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Senator Hassan meets with advocates and grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis.

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by New Futures and NH Children’s Trust focused on how to better support grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as the need to invest in child abuse prevention. Senator Hassan was joined by representatives from New Futures, NH Children’s Trust, Spark NH, as well as families, grandparent caregivers, and advocates.

The conversation was centered around the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee – on which Senator Hassan serves – will be working to reauthorize this year.

"As far more grandparents have had to take on the critical role of primary caregiver to their grandchildren due to the opioid crisis, we must step up efforts to address the unique challenges these grandfamilies face," Senator Hassan said. "One of my key priorities as we work to reauthorize this important child abuse prevention law is to better address the impact that the substance misuse crisis is having on our young people and families. New Futures, NH Children’s Trust, and all the advocates I met with today are doing vital work to protect our children, and I'll keep doing everything I can to make sure that they have the support they need."

As part of her efforts to support grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis, Senator Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which the President has signed into law.

 

  

 

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