TITLE X
PUBLIC HEALTH

CHAPTER 126-A
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Opioid Abatement Trust Fund

Section 126-A:86

    126-A:86 New Hampshire Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission; Duties. –
I. The opioid abatement advisory commission shall:
(a) Consult with and advise the commissioner of the department of health and human services on the administration and management of the opioid abatement trust fund, and approve the selection of eligible fund recipients under RSA 126-A:83, II(b).
(b) Award grants, revolving loan funds, and matching funds to projects from the opioid abatement trust fund under RSA 126-A:83, I, in a manner consistent with the following criteria. All disbursements or grants shall require approval of the governor and executive council. Funds may be awarded if the project meets one of the following criteria:
(1) Reimburse the state and any political subdivision within the state for any portion of the cost related to outpatient and residential opioid use disorder (OUD) and any co-occurring substance use disorder or mental health (SUD/MH) treatment services, including, but not limited to, services provided to incarcerated individuals, Medication assisted treatment (MAT); abstinence-based treatment; treatment, recovery or other services provided by states, subdivisions, community health centers, or not-for-profit providers;
(2) Reimburse the state and any political subdivision for emergency response services related to OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues provided by law enforcement and first responders;
(3) Support mobile intervention, treatment, and recovery services, offered by qualified professionals, for persons with OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues or persons who have experienced an opioid overdose;
(4) Support detoxification services for persons with OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues, including medical detoxification, referral to treatment or connections to other services;
(5) Reimburse the state and any political subdivision within the state for any portion of the cost of administering naloxone;
(6) Provide access to housing for people with OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues, including supportive housing, recovery housing, or housing assistance programs;
(7) Provide or support transportation to treatment or recovery programs or services for persons with OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues;
(8) Provide employment training or educational services for persons in treatment for or in recovery from OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH;
(9) Create or support centralizes call centers that provide information and connections to appropriate services and supports for persons with OUD and an co-occurring SUD/MH issues;
(10) Improve oversight of opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to assure evidence-based, evidence-informed practices;
(11) Provide scholarships and supports for certified addiction counselors and other mental and behavioral health providers involved in addressing OUD and any co-occurring SUD/MH issues, including, but not limited to, training, scholarships, fellowships, loan repayment programs, or other incentives for providers to work in rural or underserved areas of the state;
(12) Support efforts to prevent over-prescribing and ensure appropriate prescribing and dispensing of opioids through evidence-based, evidence-informed programs or strategies;
(13) Support enhancements or improvements consistent with state law to the prescription drug monitoring program; and
(14) Support the education of law enforcement or other first responders regarding appropriate practices and precautions when dealing with fentanyl or other drugs.
II. The commission or the commissioner of the department of health and human services may identify additional responsibilities including reporting on projects and programs related to addressing the opioid epidemic, developing priorities, goals and recommendations for spending on such projects and programs, working with state agencies or outside entities to develop measures for projects and programs that address substance use disorders, making recommendations for policy changes on a state and local level, including statutory law and administrative agency regulations.
III. The commission shall create and maintain a website on which it shall publish its minutes, attendance rolls and votes, including records of all votes on funding requests, funding awards, and reports of funding by recipients.

Source. 2020, 39:55, eff. July 1, 2020.