Multiple Grants Awarded to the Manchester Mental Health Center

To Expand Medicated Assisted Treatment Programs & Opioid Use Disorder Services

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) is the recipient of two large grants from The State of New Hampshire and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) designed to address unmet treatment needs, reduce opioid overdose deaths and increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  $1,131,200 has been granted to The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester over 2 years, to provide mobile crisis services and supports to individuals who are in crisis related to their opioid use or post opioid overdose for the Greater Manchester area.

The “Manchester Model” will be designed to bring treatment directly to people, regardless of time or location, in a manner that encourages long-term recovery.  In addition, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester has been awarded $1,574,010 over three years to expand Medicated Assisted Treatments (MAT). The new and expanded programs thru MHCGM will bring critical support and services to those struggling with substance misuse.

In 2018, it was announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded The State of New Hampshire a first year budget of $22.98 million for New Hampshire’s State Opioid Response (SOR) proposal, and the State expects to receive $45.8 million over two years to incorporate a regional approach to addressing the crisis in 9 regions throughout NH. Current plans include; expanding Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), peer recovery supports services, access to recovery housing, evidence-based prevention programs, workforce opportunities, and training and education for providers and people in recovery. Existing programs also will be expanded to increase services for pregnant women and new parents with OUD, children and families involved with child welfare and individuals in correctional institutions.

The grants awarded to The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will be scaled to address the challenges of greater Manchester’s urban environment and will offer a central triage system for emergency medical services, law enforcement and Regional Hubs.

Established in 1960, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) provides treatment to nearly 11,000 individuals annually, including business leaders and their employees, educators, veterans, seniors, and thousands of children. We have partnered with over 30 organizations statewide to help New Hampshire be a healthier place to live work and play. MHCGM offers the most robust emergency services, crisis stabilization, and interim treatment capacity in the state.

“Having successfully operated a Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) for more than two years, which has served over 2,600 individuals, we are eager and fully prepared to offer Opioid Use Disorder Mobile Crisis Services and Supports for the Greater Manchester area” said Bill Rider, CEO of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.  The most unique feature of the Manchester OUD Mobile Crisis Response Team is that its base of operations is fully integrated within the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center.  Working together with other key organizations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this unique collaboration marks a transformation in the healthcare and wellness of our community.