New Hampshire State Laws, Policies and Funding
RH terminology used by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) “Recovery Houses are safe, healthy, family-like substance-free living environments that support individuals in recovery from addiction. While recovery residences vary widely in structure, all are centered on peer support and a connection to services that promote long-term recovery.” (SAMHSA)
Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: NARR certification required to be listed on the state registry and for referral to a home.
RH Legislation: None/unknown
Regulations: Chapter He-A 300 Certification and Operation of Alcohol and Other Drug Disorder Treatment Programs
SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/
SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/
Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include peer support, counseling, and case management.
Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.nhhfa.org/
New Hampshire Funders
Cogswell Benevolent Trust
The Cogswell Benevolent Trust is based in Manchester, New Hampshire, and was established in 1929 by Leander A. Cogswell. Cogswell became a prominent businessman in the shoemaking industry, and upon his passing in 1928, dictates of his will created the Cogswell Benevolent Trust.
Regions: The Cogswell Benevolent Trust primarily serves New Hampshire.
Issues Supported: The Cogswell Benevolent Trust funds projects addressing arts and culture, children and youth support, health, and human services.
Grant Process and Application: There are no application deadlines. Find out more about the grant application process and guidelines by visiting the Cogswell Benevolent Trust website.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Trust provided grants in the amount of $1.7 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Phoenix House is a residential facility in Keene, New Hampshire, in rural Cheshire County. The Phoenix House provides shelter and mental health care treatment for individuals struggling with addiction.
Endowment for Health
The Endowment for Health is based in Concord, New Hampshire, and strives to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities throughout New Hampshire. The Endowment focuses on supporting vulnerable and underserved populations.
Regions: The Endowment for Health serves the state of New Hampshire, including both rural and non-rural counties. Advisory council members are located in the partially rural counties of Hillsborough and Rockingham, as well as the rural counties of Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Strafford, and Sullivan.
Issues Supported: Health is the central focus of the Endowment. Specific areas of interest include children’s behavioral health, mental health, health equity, and healthy aging.
Grant Process and Application: The Endowment for Health makes grants by invitation only. Find out more information about the grantmaking process by visiting the Endowment’s website.
Grant-Making Per Year: In sum, the Endowment has awarded $58 million in grants to support the health of New Hampshire communities. In FY 2020, the Endowment provided grants in the amount of $3.2 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services is a previous grantee of the Endowment. The organization is based in Dover, New Hampshire, and provides residential services that facilitate reintegration into society for individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. The Endowment also funds New Futures, which supports advocacy and policy changes that increase access to substance use disorder treatment.
The McIninch Foundation
The McIninch Foundation is based in Manchester, New Hampshire, and was founded in 1961.
Regions: The McIninch Foundation primarily funds organizations serving New Hampshire. Rural counties served include Merrimack County and Belknap County.
Issues Supported: The McIninch Foundation funds issues like arts and culture, education, residential care, and youth development.
Grant Process and Application: Application deadlines usually fall in April and October each year. The first step in the grant application process is to send a letter or reach out by email or phone. The Foundation can be contacted by phone at 603-622-4052.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $299,426.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Families in Transition is a grantee located in Manchester, New Hampshire, in partially rural Hillsborough County. The organization offers outpatient services and recovery housing facilities for individuals struggling with a substance use disorder.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a community foundation that was established in 1962 with funds from the Spaulding-Potter Trusts. The first donor-advised fund was created in 1972, and today the Foundation has over 413 donor-advised funds. The Foundation is based in Concord and works to strengthen communities across the state.
Regions: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has a statewide scope, serving both rural and non-rural counties. Advisory council members are located in eight regions, including Capital, Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua, and Upper Valley.
Issues Supported: Grants support nonprofits working in many sectors, including arts and culture, civic engagement, economic development, education, the environment, and health and well-being. Human services, the environment, and health are the top three funding priorities, and substance use disorder treatment is a specific area of focus.
Grant Process and Application: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has several grant-making programs with varying deadlines. Find out about possible grant programs by visiting the Foundation website.
Grantmaking Per Year: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s yearly giving totals approximately $50 million in grants and scholarships. In 2020, the Foundation funded $54 million in grants and scholarships.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Examples: Sober Sisters Recovery is a nonprofit organization based in Somersworth, New Hampshire, that provides a sober living space. Sober Sisters provides residential support for women recovering from substance use disorder.
New Hampshire Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in New Hampshire
- $115 million from distributors (did not join Johnson & Johnson settlement)
- 85% to the Opioid Abatement Trust Fund
- 15% to local governments
- Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
- As of early June, New Hampshire had received the first installment of settlement payments, in the amount of $4.96 million
- Not established
Spending So Far
- James T. Boffetti, Associate Attorney General, email@example.com
How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
Need More Info?
A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.
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