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As Claremont gets contract, Concord recovery center funding in limbo

  • In this 2016 photo, Bryan Patriquin fills out paperwork for a client that came into the Hope for New Hampshire Recovery site on South Street in Concord. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 7/30/2018 3:30:40 PM

Five months have passed since Hope for New Hampshire Recovery announced it was closing its doors in Concord, but state officials are still looking for a replacement organization.

Hope for N.H. Recovery, which operates a state wide network of drug recovery centers, announced the closure of five facilities in February, citing funding constraints. Since then, additional funding has kept afloat Hope for N.H. facilities in Franklin, Berlin and Manchester. Recovery services at the organization’s Claremont location lapsed but have since been replaced by a new organization, TLC Family Resource Center, which was granted state funding by the Executive Council earlier this month.

But in Concord, no contracts have been drawn, and no organizations have stepped forward to plug the gap.

In a statement Friday, Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jake Leon said the department is actively searching, but has yet to finalize anything. “The Department continues discussions with Concord area providers but a contract has not yet appeared on an agenda,” he said.

Just weeks ago, the capital city appeared to have an opportunity. The Executive Council approved and took up a contract with Nashua-based Harbor Homes that included the funding for TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont and money for “at least one additional” recovery center. But no one came forward from Concord, according to Dean LeMire, assistant project director for Harbor Homes’ Peer Recovery Support Services Facilitating Organization, and the funding will instead go to a facility in North Conway.

LeMire, whose organization acts in part as a middleman for organizations seeking to contract with the state for additional funding, said that he wasn’t aware of any organizations or people interested in setting up shop in the city. But he said that could always change.

“It always starts with one or two people that say ‘We’re just going to do it,’ ” he said.

(Ethan DeWitt can be reached at edewitt@cmonitor.com, or on Twitter at
@edewittNH.) 


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