NASHUA – The Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism is being awarded a state contract to provide treatment and residential services to pregnant and parenting women.
The New Hampshire Executive Council signed off on the contract award on Wednesday with a unanimous vote, a decision applauded by Gov. Maggie Hassan.
“Increasing treatment and residential service capacity for pregnant and parenting mothers is an important part of our comprehensive strategy to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and help save lives,” Hassan said.
Representatives for the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism were unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
Hassan said the services offered by the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism will mean more comprehensive services for pregnant women, and women with children. It will mean fewer families are split up when the mother goes through the rehabilitation process, Hassan said.
This is the second of three state contracts that provide treatment, wraparound and residential services and supportive housing to low-income pregnant or parenting women experiencing substance use disorders, Hassan said. It is composed of 100 percent federal funds and provides up to $500,000 for substance misuse services for pregnant and parenting women while allowing children to remain in their mother’s care.
In August, the governor and council approved a contract with Hope on Haven Hill in Rochester to provide substance misuse treatment and residential services to pregnant and parenting women, and the third contract expanding these services is expected at an upcoming governor and council meeting.