The New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association (NHADACA) is an affiliate of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, which is a leader in setting standards for the treatment and prevention of addictive disorders and for the training, and credentialing of addiction professionals.   Membership with the New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association means you are supporting the largest professional addiction organization in the state, which is working for you on multiple levels.  Benefits include; an annual $35 training voucher to apply toward any NHTIAD/NHADACA sponsored training as well as discounted rates on NHTIAD/NHADACA registration fees. Plus eligibility for a $500 Scholarship to the New England Institute of Addiction Studies Best Practices School and eligibility for a FULL Scholarship to the Annual NAADAC Conference to held in a different state each year.  Join the New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association Today at:

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Training Updates & Announcements

For a full list of our events please visit our events page at:

The events on May 28th and May 29th, 2015 are both full and closed to new registration. 


June 16, 2015
Understanding Gangs: Gang Culture, Gang Violence and Violence Triggers, 6 hours, Concord, NH

June 19, 2015 
Treating Anxiety and Depression, 6 hours, Concord, NH

June 24, 2015
Ethical Issues for Recovery Support Workers, 6 hours, Concord, NH

June 26, 2015
Environmental Strategies, 6 hours, Concord, NH

View details about these and other events on our events page


NHADACA's President, Lori Ford-Magoon did a great job speaking to WMUR about heroin. Watch the clip here:



NHADACA, formed in 1986, has grown to be the leading provider of continuing education for addiction professionals in NH. In addition, NHADACA has forged strong relationships with policy makers and stakeholders throughout the state in order to ensure that they have access to accurate, timely information about addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. This website is designed to be another avenue for ensuring the availability of information for consumers, professionals, and the general public. Take a look around, feel free to contact us with questions, and please check back often for updated information. 

Mission Statement

The purposes of NHADACA are to promote and encourage the organization of addiction professionals; to examine, endorse, and encourage competent and comprehensive programs for the education of addiction professionals and those working with people experiencing addiction; to advocate on behalf of alcohol and drug issues that impact those experiencing addictions; to provide education to NHADACA membership on public policy issues; to increase the competence and knowledge of individual members and the general public; to represent the appropriate role of addiction professionals at the local, state and national levels; to engage in such other related activities as may be desirable or required to fulfill the purposes and objectives of NHADACA; and to provide assistance to those NHADACA members who may be experiencing difficulties which interfere with their personal and/or professional well-being.

Dear NH Professionals,

The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association is gravely concerned about the proposed changes to the regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol & drug abuse patient records.

42 C.F.R. Part 2’s core privacy protections MUST be maintained.
  While behavioral health care should be integrated with physical health care, and communication between health care providers should be encouraged, the regulations’ protections are as necessary today as they were when they were issued in the 1970s in light of ongoing stigma and discrimination faced by people with substance use disorders.        

42 C.F.R. Part 2 enables people with substance use disorders to seek treatment without fear of exposure of their treatment records—without their permission—to law enforcement, employers, insurers, other health care providers, or others. Changes to the regulations would threaten these critical patient protections. 

We submit the letter below with our concerns.

Thank you,

Dianne Pepin, MEd., MLADC

June 23, 2014

NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100
Concord, NH  03301

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1011
Rockville, MD 20857

RE:     Confidentiality of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 C.F.R. Part 2.  79 Fed. Reg. 26929; Docket No. 2014-10913.

To Whom It May Concern:

The NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association (NHADACA) is a non-profit membership organization of approximately 220 members.  Since 1986, NHADACA has worked to advance the addiction profession in New Hampshire.   We accomplish our mission through education and advocacy.   By providing relevant, quality training on substance abuse treatment, intervention and prevention NHADACA has improved the skills of working addiction professionals and those preparing to enter the profession.  NHADACA is an affiliate of NAADAC, the National Association of Addiction Professionals, a national leader in setting standards for the treatment and prevention of addictive disorders and for the training and qualifications of professionals.

While NHADACA supports updating the mechanics of the federal alcohol and drug confidentiality regulations to facilitate more effective integration of care and needed communication in the electronic age, 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s core privacy protections MUST be maintained.

We provide ethics and confidentiality trainings for persons working within the substance abuse professions as well as other professions that have involvement with alcohol and drug-impacted or addicted persons.  The frustration that some people experience when they cannot get the information they want immediately or without a release of information is minor in comparison to the security and protection the regulations afford alcohol and drug abuse patients.  It is vital to keep these legal regulations in or to best assure clients that their privacy concerns are respected. 

With regard to the modifications to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 proposed in SAMHSA’s May 12, 2014 Notice of Public Listening Session (79 Fed. Reg. 26929), the NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association supports the following principles:

  • Addiction treatment should be integrated with mental and physical health care, and communication among health care providers should be encouraged.  We support maximizing inclusion of substance use disorder (SUD) records in electronic health record (EHR) systems and health information exchanges (HIEs) while maintaining 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s core privacy protections.

  • 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s heightened privacy protections are as critical today as they were when they were enacted more than 40 years ago, and a move toward HIPAA’s looser privacy standards would not sufficiently protect people seeking and receiving substance use disorder treatment.  If patient records can be easily accessed in order to criminally investigate or prosecute or patient, or deny them insurance or a job, or be used against them in a divorce or child custody proceeding, many patients will be afraid to enter treatment in the first place.

  • We agree with the Legal Action Center in the belief that patients in alcohol and drug programs should retain the power to decide when and to whom their records are disclosed, even for treatment and payment purposes, given the continued prevalence of discrimination in our society.  This includes disclosures to the general health care system, HIEs, health homes, ACOs, and CCOs.  The best way for patients to retain that power is by requiring patient consent for most disclosures, together with a strong prohibition on redisclosure. 

  • It is both necessary and technologically possible to integrate addiction and other health care and effectively exchange addiction treatment data while maintaining the core protections of 42 C.F.R. Part 2. We urge the continued development of technical solutions for consent management.

  • Since HIPAA requires compliance with state and federal laws that mandate greater privacy protections, electronic health record systems (EHRs) must be designed so as to comply with the many state statutes that require heightened protections for information related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, domestic violence and other types of sensitive health information, as well as with 42 C.F.R. Part 2.  It is important to keep in mind, therefore, that EHRs would be required to accommodate enhanced protections for the medical records of some illnesses in order to be HIPAA-compliant even if 42 C.F.R. Part 2 did not exist.

Thank you for your consideration.


Dianne Pepin, MEd., MLADC                                   Peter DalPra, LADC, LCS

Executive Director                                                     President


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