Kuster Highlights House-passed Funding for Families Flourish Program in Lebanon
**House appropriations legislation includes $500,000 in funding for Upper Valley Substance Use Disorder treatment requested by Kuster**
Lebanon, August 27, 2021
Lebanon, N.H. — Yesterday, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), met with leaders from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, and community partners to discuss Families Flourish and project funding for the program Rep. Kuster secured in the House through H.R. 4502, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. In this legislation, Rep. Kuster secured ten targeted Community Project Funding requests that will address the substance misuse crisis in New Hampshire, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, enhance outdoor recreation opportunities and protect public lands.
“A significant barrier for women and mothers in New Hampshire and across the country with substance misuse disorders is the ability to bring their children with them to residential treatment facilities — the Families Flourish project is working to fix that,” said Rep. Kuster. “Innovative programs like Families Flourish are critical to helping Granite State mothers and families struggling with substance use disorder recover and thrive. I was proud to have advocated for the Families Flourish application for community funding this spring, and will work to see these important funds get over the finish line.”
“All of us at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health truly appreciate Representative Kuster’s ongoing support for our work to care for patients in our region who struggle with substance use disorders,” said Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP, Executive Vice President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Chief Nursing Officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “We are also proud to support Families Flourish and the important work that they are doing, thanks to Rep. Kuster’s efforts, to stand up a residential treatment program for some of our most vulnerable patients and their children."
"Families Flourish applauds Congresswoman Kuster's commitment to people who are seeking recovery,” said Laurie Storey-Manseau, Advancement Committee Chair for Families Flourish. “Her advocacy to include Families Flourish in the House appropriations bill, along with the continued support of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Alice Peck Day, will bring our organization one step closer to opening our doors and serving resilient women and their young children."
The Families Flourish Northeast project was allocated $500,000 through House appropriations to help the program provide high-intensity residential substance use treatment for pregnant and parenting women in a warm, supportive and safe environment that welcomes women with their children. New Hampshire has been hit incredibly hard by the opioid epidemic and evolving addiction crisis, and this project would create a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of so many Granite State women and their children.