New Hampshire Center for Excellence In Substance Abuse Services

Dates: 2011-2012

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, NH DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Substance Use, Behavioral Health, Community Health Coalitions, Population Health, State and Local Public Health, Healthy Communities


According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), New Hampshire consistently ranks in the top states for rates of alcohol use and abuse, marijuana use, and non-medical use of prescription pain relievers (young adults). The State of New Hampshire lacked centralized, accessible, comprehensive technical support for the promotion of evidence-based practice in substance abuse services across the continuum of alcohol abuse and drug use prevention, treatment, and recovery to address its high rates of substance use and to improve treatment outcomes within its state-funded system of care.

JSI was chosen to launch the New Hampshire Center for Excellence to serve as a statewide technical assistance resource center for evidence-based practice in substance abuse services.

JSI provided technical assistance in the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices in prevention of, treatment of, and recovery from alcohol and other drug abuse disorders. JSI also facilitated learning collaboratives of networks and practitioners to support systems change that promote effective adoption of evidence-based practices. JSI also provides technical support in data dissemination systems to promote data-driven practice and quality improvement. JSI convened an expert panel to review innovative and promising practices to support local strategies to address substance abuse. JSI staff also provided state-level strategic planning services and best practice promotion with state leadership organizations, including the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.

Activities included weekly technical assistance requests and responses, information dissemination through bi-monthly newsletters and information-sharing web portals, on-going data analysis and reporting, annual service-to-science application review and endorsements, annual reports to the Governor's Office, the development of a state-wide prescription drug abuse prevention plan, annual learning collaboratives for an average of 15 community and practitioner learning teams each year in support of evidence-based practice adoption and improvement, regional data profile production, a state epidemiological data profile of substance abuse and mental health indicators, administrative support for a wide range of substance abuse and mental health task forces, the development of ten multi-year, and data-driven regional strategic plans and a state-wide strategic plan to achieve measurable outcomes in population level alcohol and drug abuse behaviors and perceptions.