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Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care Overview

The Greater Manchester Regional Public Health Network includes the communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Deerfield, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester and New Boston.

The vision of the Greater Manchester Region is to have a comprehensive, integrated, accessible, and responsive Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care that promotes the health of our communities.

What does that mean?

It means we want our community members to be able to find the help they need, when they need it, wherever they show up to find it. It means we need to work together. We need to break down a lot of barriers. We need to fill a lot of gaps. We need to collectively tighten the safety net for our family, friends and neighbors. It means we need to stop talking about physical health and mental health as two separate things. We need to look at a whole person and approach their healthcare in a way that builds on their individual strengths and abilities. It means we have a long way to go, but we need to be all-in to get there.


A robust Continuum of Care model includes:

What does that look like in Greater Manchester?

We currently facilitate monthly meetings, bringing together people and organizations that work in healthcare, prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services. This group is called the Substance Misuse Collaborative. The group also meets more frequently in smaller work groups.  We come together to identify assets (who is doing what work and is it working?). We come together to identify gaps and barriers (why isn’t every person able to get the help they need, when they need it?). We come together to brainstorm solutions (what are we going to do better and how are we going to pull it off?). You can see some updates in the documents below to get a sense of what we are talking about and working on. 2017 updates to these documents will be available this winter.

Please contact us with any questions, or to become more involved.

Jenny O’Higgins, SUD Continuum of Care Facilitator, joh@mih4u.org

SUD CoC Project is a collaborative partnership between Makin’ It Happen and the Manchester Health Dept. with funding from the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, NHDHHS.