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Judge to Hear Plan for Key Drug Abuse Service in Manchester

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For the past year or so, Serenity Place in Manchester has seen 100 percent of all Safe Station referrals, amounting to about 2,000 people.

A New Hampshire judge will be presented Tuesday with a plan for how to continue key drug abuse services in Manchester.

Last month the state was court-ordered to take over the treatment center Serenity Place due to its severe financial troubles.

Serenity Place is temporarily being run by the local nonprofit Families in Transition.

That includes running services for the city’s Safe Station Program, where at any time someone can walk into a fire station and ask for substance abuse help.

If the judge accepts the proposed plan, that and other services formerly provided by Serenity Place will be spread out among multiple providers.

According to court records, Serenity Place was overwhelmed by the demand. The state Attorney General’s Office is still investigating exactly what lead to the nonprofit’s downfall and plans to issue a report soon.

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