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State Regulators Seek to Advise Hope for N.H. Recovery on Managing Rapid Growth

Chris Jensen for NHPR

An investigation by the attorney general’s office into New Hampshire’s largest provider of drug recovery centers has ended with no criminal activity found.

But attorneys from the state’s justice department will be meeting with leadership at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery soon to offer assistance and guidance in the management of the organization.

The division responsible for this oversight is called the Charitable Trusts Unit. Its job is to make sure charitable groups are not only using public dollars wisely but operating as best they can.

Tom Donovan, who heads that unit, says rapid growth is something charities often struggle with – how to manage the new challenges presented by more funding and bigger staff. He said he specifically warned leaders at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery about this more than a year ago when it expanded from one center to seven statewide.

“Hope for New Hampshire Recovery has grown fast – they have received a lot of contracts, their budget has grown very fast and that is a typical example of an organization that may find itself facing a number of challenges,” Donovan said.

A spokesman for Hope for New Hampshire Recovery said this week that the organization welcomes input from state regulators and is always looking to improve. 

The state’s department of health and human services has put HOPE’s state contract renewal on hold while it works to ensure  the group is complying with its current state contract. 

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