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Ayotte Asks US Health Dept To Help Ease Costly Regulations

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is urging the Health and Human Services secretary to work with the state to ease costly requirements for some residential drug treatment centers to obtain a health care facility license.

She said recent reports indicate that stringent licensing requirements could force several centers to cut the number of available beds and reduce their ability to serve people dealing with substance abuse issues.

Ayotte said this is a serious concern in light of state's heroin and prescription drug addiction crisis.

In her note to Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday, Ayotte said surely a situation can be achieved in which residential treatment centers offer safe places for individuals without facilities having to cut the number of beds.

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