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Continuum of Care (CoC)
The NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services is committed to developing a robust, effective, and well-coordinated continuum of care to address substance use disorders. This continuum includes health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.

continuum of careContinuum of Care - NH's Vision (20 min) introduces a framework that encourages communities to support resiliency and recovery and to lay the foundation for public health regions to begin to address the gaps in the continuum over time. (*Note: The presentation may take a few moments to load. Click "use Java" if you do not want to download WebEx.)

The NH Department of Health and Human Services supports whole-person and whole-community approaches to improving safety, wellbeing, and positive health outcomes. This approach recognizes the importance of developing a coordinated and diverse system of community-based services, strategies and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities. What this means in terms of the continuum of care for substance use disorder services is that our services should consider all aspects of an individual's life when designing the best care plan for that individual.

Whatever our individual or collective risks or circumstances, there is opportunity to increase resiliency and recovery through policy and practice change, be it in a family, health care setting, work place, college campus or community event. By recognizing substance use disorders (SUDs) as preventable and treatable chronic conditions needing long-term management and support services, communities can begin to work together to ensure effective and integrated services to prevent risky behavior, to deter the progression of SUDs, and to treat and manage recovery from these disorders.

 
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