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The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) believes that people looking for help or information for substance use, misuse, or addiction should be able to easily access what they need. To accomplish this, the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) has developed a regional system to help coordinate alcohol and other drug services throughout our state. This is referred to as the NH Continuum of Care System. BDAS is committed to the continued advancement of effective, and comprehensive services in every region of the state that includes prevention, identification and intervention, treatment, and recovery supports, and is integrated with primary and behavioral health.

Continuum of Care chartContinuum of Care - NH's Vision (20 min) This video presents an overview of the continuum of care concept, which aims at encouraging everyone to support efforts to build and utilize resiliency and recovery assets in their communities. This helps increase the health of community members, and decrease the damage substance misuse causes in communities. (Note: The video may take up to a minute to load.)
Each Regional Public Health Network region has a Continuum of Care Facilitator who works with agency representatives and individuals to improve awareness of and access to substance misuse services; increase communication and collaboration among substance misuse service providers; and to increase the capacity and improve the quality of the services delivered.
An ongoing scan of substance misuse services assets and gaps across the region help determine what priorities for action are needed to improve the regional Continuum of Care System. These actions become the basis for a regional Continuum of Care Plan, which is reviewed and revised as needed. The priorities for action become part of the regions Community Health Improvement Plan. The Community Health Improvement Plan are developed with community partners and set goals, objectives and shared activities that seek to address health concerns in the region, leading to better health outcomes for community residents.

To find your Regional Public Health Network and view their Community Health Improvement Plan please visit New Hampshire Regional Public Health Networks.

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