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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that her request for funding to improve drug and alcohol abuse treatment at eight Phoenix House centers in western New Hampshire has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The $200,000 in funding will help Phoenix House acquire and install a new electronic data system for patient records. The funding for the project is included Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which now goes to the Senate floor for final passage.

"This new electronic record system will help Phoenix House improve patient care, cut costs and integrate all their treatment centers to share data and enhance their services," said Shaheen. "This funding will improve patient outcomes and help Phoenix House do an even better job providing incredibly important services."

"The introduction of electronic medical records to our services will allow us to serve our patients better and collaborate with coworkers and colleagues to provide improved care," said Executive Director of Phoenix House of New England Patrick McEneaney. "We thank Senator Shaheen for taking the lead and working to secure this funding, and we're eager to get started on this important project."

Phoenix House is a non-profit organization that operates eight alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facilities in western New Hampshire. This funding would acquire and install a new electronic clinical management system that will enable Phoenix House to better treat and assist clients by thoroughly assessing a client's needs, customizing treatment, updating clinical records, and electronically sharing data within the Phoenix House New Hampshire treatment network and with governmental and community partners.

The funding was approved today by the Appropriations Committee as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce Appropriations legislation, which includes $7,550,00 for projects in New Hampshire.