New Hampshire Drug Court Makes Treatment a Viable Alternative to Incarceration

Monday, August 19th, 2013
Cheshire County Courthouse

Cheshire County Courthouse

The federal government has awarded a grant of nearly $1,000,000 to Cheshire County, New Hampshire, for the expansion of its drug court program, according to a recent article in The Keene Sentinel. The Cheshire County Drug Court Program, which opened in June of 2013, aims to steer nonviolent drug offenders who face felony charges into treatment rather than incarceration.

The grant was spearheaded by Neil Gaer, Phoenix House New England’s vice president, senior program director and director of clinical affairs, in collaboration with Amelie Gooding, program director of Phoenix House Keene Center. Through the terms of the grant, Keene Center will provide assessment and treatment services on an outpatient basis to more than 120 offenders over a three-year period. Services provided will include substance use disorder group treatment, individual counseling, medication management, and mental health services. Treatment will be provided by one master’s-level and one bachelor’s-level clinician and will last an average of 12 to 24 months.

“We are thrilled with this award,” stated Mr. Gaer. “The Cheshire County Drug Court Program will be a tremendous boon to the whole county.  Studies have shown that every dollar spent on drug treatment saves the community far more, in terms of reduced crime and violence and increased productivity. This grant is going to save lives.”

Phoenix House Keene Center provides outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for adults with substance use disorders and those with co-occurring mental health issues. There is also a boarding option for clients who need treatment but live too far away to commute to the program. Additional Phoenix House programs in Cheshire County include Phoenix House Dublin Center, which provides residential treatment and sober living services for adults and Phoenix House Academy in Dublin, offering residential treatment and academic tutoring to adolescents aged 13 to 18.

In Merrimack County, Phoenix House Franklin Center provides crisis management, residential treatment, and transitional living services for male and female adults, while the Phoenix House Sober Living Center at Cornerstone provides recovery housing for adult males in early recovery.

If someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, please call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392.  We’re always here to help.

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