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Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs

The upcoming Governor’s Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 28th from 9:30 -12:30pm. It will be held at the Fox Chapel at the Main Building 105 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 03301.

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

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 Commission was created by the NH Legislature 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.

The following task forces assist the Commission in the performance of its duties:

The Chairperson may create additional task forces as needed.

Strategic Plan thumbnailThe Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs is pleased to present its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. This plan highlights the key actions to be taken over the next three years to comprehensively address our state’s addiction crisis. This plan has been developed with input and expertise provided by Commission members, Commission Task Force members, and other key stakeholders. This plan serves as a blueprint for our shared efforts, with a focus on alignment, coordination, innovation, and accountability.


The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery is pleased to share an update on the progress made in the first half of state fiscal year 2017, July – December 2016, following up on its 2016 Commission's Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature. This report highlights progress, challenges, and opportunities for the Commission and its collective efforts to address the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, particularly opioids, and to promote treatment and recovery.

Meeting Minutes

The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs meeting minutes are presented below (files in PDF format Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol)

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The Prevention Task Force of the NH Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs released the Top 5 Actions Schools Can Take to Help Prevent and Reduce Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. This publication provides guidance to New Hampshire schools on assessing and developing model policies to address alcohol and other drug use. Additional information on evidence-based programming, policy change, social marketing campaigns, and related training for schools can be found on the NH Center for Excellence resources page.

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