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Young people enjoying Otter Lake in Greefield, NH during a Camp Mariposa weekend. Camp Mariposa Nashua, run by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, helps lessen that burden for children whose young lives have been deeply affected by a family member’s substance misuse. (Photo by Cheryl Senter).

Young people enjoying Otter Lake in Greefield, NH during a Camp Mariposa weekend. Camp Mariposa Nashua, run by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, helps lessen that burden for children whose young lives have been deeply affected by a family member’s substance misuse. (Photo by Cheryl Senter).

Substance Use Disorders/Behavioral Health Portfolio

Improving mental health and preventing addiction

An integrated response to mental health and substance use disorders is key to promoting health and well-being — and to saving lives.

The solutions for preventing and treating problematic substance use are multi-layered.
There is both great urgency — and great hope — in working toward those solutions.

 

Substance use disorders are a public health issue touching every community.

The Charitable Foundation has been investing in prevention, treatment and recovery efforts and infrastructure for nearly three decades.

Addiction is a complex issue, but New Hampshire is making progress — thanks, in large part, to the collaborative efforts of nonprofit organizations and state and community partners.

New Hampshire reduced the number of lives lost to drug overdose by more than 11 percent between 2018 and 2021 — even as those trends worsened elsewhere. Despite challenges exacerbated by the global pandemic, New Hampshire has:

  • Increased access to substance use disorder programs, peer recovery support, and recovery housing;
  • Seen downward trends in binge drinking and use of illicit drugs among high school-aged people; and
  • Significantly increased public funding for prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery.

However, a recent increase in overdose deaths — tied most significantly to fentanyl — is cause for serious concern.

And we are seeing a crisis in mental health that threatens people of all ages — and that is inextricably linked with heightened risk for developing a substance use disorder.


These are complex problems.

Through our Substance Use Disorders/Behavioral Health Portfolio of funds — made possible by the generosity and vision of Foundation donors — we’re working on proven solutions.

The Foundation is working with a comprehensive network of partners to help support the delivery of effective, collaborative and coordinated services. We fund a whole-systems approach, which focuses on improvements and accountability in policy, infrastructure, public financing, workforce, and delivery of evidence-informed programs and services. We understand that pervasive inequities — including racism, sexism, poverty and homophobia — increase vulnerability and create barriers to care for too many of us.

The Foundation is committed to improving systems of care — so that everyone in New Hampshire is able to thrive.


What we’re doing

At the core of our approach to helping New Hampshire address these complex issues is an unwavering and strategic focus on systems change. Including:

 

Funding opportunities

Our strategic grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders and by invitation only. For more information, please contact Traci Fowler, Director of Behavioral Health Grantmaking, at genpv.sbjyre@aups.bet or 603-225-6641 ext. 243.

You can help

We are committed to making New Hampshire a community where everyone can thrive.
Working together, we can make a difference. With your help, we can save lives.

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To learn more contact:

Traci Fowler
  • Traci Fowler
  • Initiative Leader, Behavioral Health