Governor's Commission on Alcohol & Other Drugs

Information and resources for the Governor's Commission on Alcohol & Other Drugs

The mission of the NH Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs is to significantly reduce alcohol and other drug problems and their behavioral, health and social consequences for the citizens of New Hampshire by advising the Governor and Legislature regarding the delivery of effective and coordinated substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state.

There are currently 8 task forces of the Commission, designated by the Chair to support this work. Please note: The Governor’s Commission and all Task Force meetings are in-person.  Read an overview of the Commission.

We envision a society in which alcohol and drug problems are recognized as a public health issue that is both preventable and treatable.

We envision a society in which high-quality services for prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems are widely available and where prevention and treatment are recognized as specialized fields of expertise.

We envision a society in which people with a history of alcohol or drug problems, people in recovery, and people at risk for these problems are valued and treated with dignity and where stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and other barriers to prevention and recovery are eliminated.

The Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Governor’s Commission) was established pursuant to NH RSA 12-J: Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Preventions, Treatment, and Recovery, in the year 2000 and revised in 2014. Its duties include: 

  • Developing and revising, as necessary, a statewide plan for the effective prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, particularly among youth; and a comprehensive system of treatment and recovery services for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Promoting collaboration between and among state agencies and communities to foster the development of effective community-based alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs;
  • Promoting the development of treatment services to meet the needs of citizens addicted to alcohol or other drugs; 
  • Identifying unmet needs the resources required to reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug abuse in NH and to make recommendations to the Governor regarding legislation and funding to address such needs; and 
  • Authorizing the disbursement of moneys from the alcohol abuse and prevention and treatment fund, pursuant to RSA 176-A:1, III.