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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2017

Nashua Drug Court treatment provider receives certificate of excellence
Greater Nashua Mental Health cited for highest quality of evidence-based treatment for addiction
First program on East Coast to be honored

NASHUA – The Judicial Branch announced today that the treatment provider for the Drug Court at Hillsborough County Superior Court (Southern District) has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence for its high quality of evidence-based treatment for addiction. It is the first such honor awarded on the East Coast. Greater Nashua Mental Health Center received the certificate from the Matrix Institute on Addictions, one of the country's leading non-profits dedicated to treatment programs for justice-involved adults who also suffer from substance abuse.

“This is another excellent example of our continuing effort to provide the best treatment available for our Drug Court participants seeking recovery,” said presiding justice, Hon. Jacalyn A. Colburn. “We are lucky to have a treatment partner willing to utilize the most effective tools to accomplish our goals of ending the cycle of substance related crime, promoting recovery, and thereby enhancing community safety.”

Dr. Cynthia Whittaker, clinical supervisor for the Drug Court, echoed Colburn's reaction saying, “This certification confirms Greater Nashua Mental Health Center's ongoing commitment to upholding fidelity to evidence-based practices. We strive to provide Drug Court participants with the highest caliber of treatment that addresses both substance use and mental health disorders to promote wellness and recovery.”

Currently, Drug Courts operate in 6 out of New Hampshire's 11 county courts including: Belknap, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough (Southern Division), Rockingham and Strafford. Some 170 men and women currently participate in the program that boasts a recidivism rate of 22 percent, compared to 78 percent rate for those individuals who are not enrolled in drug court.

Drug Courts connect felony, misdemeanor and parole-level, substance-dependent offenders to an integrated system of intensive alcohol and drug treatment in the community. This intensive treatment is combined with regular court appearances, case management, strict court supervision, progressive incentives and sanctions, and community supervision though the NHDOC-Probation/Parole.  By linking participants to treatment services, the program aims to address offender's addiction issues that led to criminal behavior, thereby reducing recidivism, reducing victims, and enhancing public safety. Drug Court is designed to be a 12 to 24-month alternative sentencing program, divided into three to five court phases and four to five treatment levels, averaging 18 months, followed by an additional 12 months of probation/parole and aftercare.

Media Contact:
Carole Alfano, Esq.
Communications Manager
NH Judicial Branch
One Charles Doe Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603.271.2646 (ext. 0243)