The state has chosen Granite Pathways to operate a new substance use disorder treatment facility for teenagers on the grounds of the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.
The Executive Council approved a four-year contract with the group during its meeting on Wednesday, with services expected to begin in early November.
The 36-bed facility will be open to children ages 12-18 who are in need of inpatient treatment, making it the first residential program for minors in the state.
“I commend the council, members of the legislature, and many others who recognized the necessity of this vital project for our state’s children and helped make it a reality,” said Gov. Chris Sununu in a statement.
The Sununu Center (named after John H. Sununu, the current governor’s father) has seen a decline in its population as the state reforms its approach to juvenile justice, creating the space for new addiction services.
Modifications to the building, including a seperate entrance, began earlier this year.