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How N.H.'s New Statewide Program For Addiction Treatment Is Taking Shape

Sara Plourde For NHPR

The new statewide program for people seeking addiction treatment, The Doorway, is described as a "hub and spoke" system that  includes nine locations around the state, called "hubs," where people can just walk in and begin the process of getting help.  The system was set up about nine months ago. We're finding out how it's working in certain areas of the state.

This show airs Tuesday, Sept. 24, live at 9 a.m., with rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

In addition to the Doorwayprogram, access to help is available by calling 211-- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 


  • John Burns - Director of the SOS Recovery Community Organization in Strafford County, with recovery centers in Dover, Rochester, and Durham. He works with the hub at Wentworth Douglass hospital and is himself in long-term recovery. 
  • Peter Fifield -  clinical mental health counselor and alcohol and drug counselor and program manager at the Dover Doorway associated with the Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover. He helps assess people seeking treatment for addiction. For more than 11 years, he has been working in the field of trauma-informed integrated behavioral health and the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Chief Daniel Goonan  - Chief of the Manchester Fire Department. He oversees the city's Safe Station program, ten fire stations that have served as intake centers since May of 2016, serving more than 6,400 people.  
  • Tymothy Rourke -  Director of substance use disorders grant-making for the NH Charitable Foundation. He is also former chair and current member of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
  • Dr. Lars Nielson -- Chief medical officer at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. Dr. Nielson is also the medical director for two North country hubs run by Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and Littleton Hospital in downtown Littleton. 

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