Shaheen Welcomes Medicaid Waiver that Will Provide New Hampshire With Funding for Mental and Substance Abuse Treatment

January 05, 2016

(Manchester, NH) – Today in a statement, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the announcement by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that New Hampshire will receive $150 million over the next 5 years to support improvements in New Hampshire’s behavioral health delivery system. These funds will support new regional healthcare networks that will integrate mental health and substance use disorder care with primary care and lower long-term growth in health care costs.

“New Hampshire needs additional resources for treatment to stem the tide of the heroin and opioid abuse crisis,” said Shaheen. “We know that we can’t arrest our way out of this crisis and the availability of mental and substance abuse treatment is absolutely essential to providing real healing to Granite State communities. This waiver, and the additional funds it will bring to our state, is a real breakthrough in our efforts to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.”