Treatment in NH
The treatment system in NH consists of an array of levels of care including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, withdrawal management, and peer and non-peer recovery support services. Many of these services are paid for by public and/or private insurance programs as well as funding from the Department to assist individuals with accessing treatment services. More information on available services can be found on the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator or in the BDAS Resource Guide.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion
In response to the opioid epidemic, NH has executed several addiction prevention, early identification and overdose prevention initiatives. As a companion to these initiatives, the state is making a concerted effort to expand the availability of addiction treatment through investment in and promotion of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders (OUDs). The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) convened a panel of practitioners from health care, behavioral health, substance use disorder specialty treatment services, and the NH Medical Society to review existing practices in NH and other states and identified key components and best practice recommendations from the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and other nationally-recognized resources. The goal is to provide expanded capacity to serve more people with OUDs with effective treatment across a variety of settings.
Becoming a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Program or Professional in NH
SUD Treatment Professionals
- NH Certification and Licensing Information
- Behavioral Health Core Competencies
To increase the capacity of the existing behavioral health profession to treat substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (CODs) effectively within practitioners’ scope of practice, the following set of recommended core competencies was created. These competencies are recommended for masters-level licensed behavioral health counselors who treat or plan to treat clients with SUDs or CODs. For more information about the development of these core competencies, please see the cover letter from the NH Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Supports.
SUD Treatment Programs
- Certification of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs in NH
The process for certification of substance use disorder treatment programs in NH is currently on hold pending revision of the expired administrative rule governing this process. This rule is expired and under revision and is for reference only.