Issue: Summer 2020
Friendship House reopens for residential services
On July 6th, the Friendship House reopened its doors and began to accept new clients again for residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services. At the end of March, after graduating and placing its remaining clients, the Friendship House temporarily shut its doors due to statewide Stay-at-Home orders. Since, the Friendship House staff has undergone intensive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation measures in order to safely welcome and accommodate new clients.
Available 100% online, NCHC's Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient services continue to work with and accept new clients on the road to recovery from SUD.
If you are looking for help with substance use for you or a loved one, call: (603)869-2210
AskPETRA is up and running, Overdose Awareness Day on Aug 31
The newest in NCHC's lineup of programs, AskPETRA, launched its website,, on June 1st!

Approaching International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, AskPETRA is gearing to roll out the "Save one Life" Naloxone campaign. The campaign aims to reduce stigma around using Naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal antidote), while encouraging individuals to "be the hero" and carry Naloxone.

Look out for the "Save One Life" campaign at the end of August, which will also include distribution of up to 200 kits-- containing doses of Naloxone, information and other sanitary supplies for administration and storage, as well as other materials.

Groups and individuals, including Region-wide Coalitions, Recovery Friendly Workplaces, and any interested community members, can request kit(s) by contacting:
NCHC is Recovery Friendly, extends SUD help to staff
Did you know? NCHC is a designated NH Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW)! We are also participating in a pilot program being offered by fellow RFW designees, Headrest and the Hypertherm Hope Foundation, to provide our staff with free and confidential access to a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) should they need help in navigating substance use concerns.
Now on Instagram: HASMPC!

HASMPC is now on Instagram! Co-administered by the Coalition's Youth Representative and Senior at Woodsville High School, Kaycee Reagan, HASMPC's Instagram handle is 'Haverhill_Area_SMP.' Give them a follow on Insta to explore prevention topics and keep up with the Haverhill area Drug Free Community (DFC) Coalition.
CHW program expands catchment, client range & into IDN7
The Ways2Wellness CONNECT (W2WC) Community Health Worker program has expanded their client population to include all adults 18+ living with a chronic condition(s) in addition to the catchment area of Carroll County, while continuing to serve Coos and Grafton Counties. 
Working through the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), W2WC is currently accepting new contracts with IDN7 partner organizations in order to extend W2WC Community Health Worker services to clients and patients of IDN7 organizations via a referral process.

Based on needs, care coordination/case management staff of partner organizations may also receive technical assistance and mentoring from the W2WC Community Health Worker team, including access to NCHC’s 80-hour Community Health Worker Training to build workforce.
Huggins Hospital and Coos County Family Health Services are the newest IDN7 partners to participate in this opportunity with W2WC, which runs from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, and provides all services to IDN7 partners and their patients/clients at no cost.

WARM goes virtual with historically in-person trainings

Changing with the times, the Wellness And Recovery Model (WARM) program has lead its first two trainings adapted to an interactive online format. For a Naloxone Training of the Trainer event on August 6, WARM partnered with the HIV/HCV Center in Claremont to host morning and afternoon sessions to train individuals to administer, as well as instruct others in the administration of, the harm reduction method, Naloxone.
Still ongoing, WARM's first virtual Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) Training runs August 10 - 28. Next up on the roster: Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches!

Public Health Network COVID-19 Response:
How did we do?

The North Country Public Health Region is conducting a survey of our local and State partners relative to our planning, response, logistics, and communication efforts around the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Partners and any stakeholders who may have been involved in or impacted by the Public Health Network’s activities around COVID-19 Response are invited to provide their valuable feedback by participating in a short survey. 

Available online until Aug. 28, the survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete:

Once the data has been collated, the Public Health Network team will convene a regional Improvement Planning Workshop that will incorporate your thoughts on how to improve our efforts as we move forward.
NCHC participates in Surgeon General's New England Town Hall on Substance Use & COVID-19

On July 29, NCHC participated in “Substance Use and COVID-19: a Way Forward.” Hosted by US Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, the virtual live town hall discussion addressed how to safely continue “all of community” work on substance use during the pandemic and gathered representatives from organizations across the New England states working in the fields of substance use prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery.
NCHC’s Director of Communications & HR, Francine Morgan, was in attendance, engaging in the Questions & Answers session to represent Northern NH and NCHC’s Substance Use Disorder Clinical Services, including residential treatment at the Friendship House.

The Surgeon General shared his personal connection to Opioid addiction.
His brother had been recently released from prison and still struggled to secure treatment due to COVID-19 restrictions. Adams encouraged normalizing positive behaviors, including wearing masks and getting treatment, and town hall participants to communicate with their legislators, while continuing to explore and push the envelope to access treatment resources and expand in-person treatment.
3rd Annual UP Granite Youth Conference live broadcast replay

The 3rd annual, but also the 1st virtual, UP Granite Youth Conference is in the books! Click the link, watch the replay of this youth-driven NCHC Substance Misuse Prevention (SMP) event live broadcasted on June 3rd, and share it forward:
Public Health Network prepares for Flu Season with drive-up vaccination clinics in the Fall

Each year, NCHC partners with the New Hampshire Department of Public Health Services and the New Hampshire Immunization Program to offer free flu vaccinations to school children throughout the region. Traditionally, the flu clinics have been held on site at schools and kicked off with the Back-to-School season. With uncertainties around the process of reopening schools this Fall, the Public Health Network (PHN) team will monitor school re-openings to determine the feasibility of holding clinics in schools later this Fall.
At the start of this year’s vaccination season, the PHN team will be offering drive-up style community-based flu clinics, and are currently planning for Saturday dates in October. This year, there will also be a limited supply of adult flu vaccines available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Registration forms for children to get a flu vaccine will be sent home through school districts.
Families living within the Littleton and Woodsville areas who are interested in receiving flu vaccination and do not receive a registration form through the school may register by contacting:

The Public Health Network team will contact you for preregistration and to let you know the dates and location of the clinic.

Upcoming Trainings...
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Register to join the next (virtual)Public Health Network/MRC training on Sept 9: Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) Training
Register for Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches, which will run from Sept. 14 - 25
*NOTE: Full scholarships available for IDN7 partner orgs. and community members - Register!
Save the Date...
November 20, 2020

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