Mayor’s Opioid Task Force
What is the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force (MOTF)?
MOTF is diverse group of committed individuals led by Mayor Jim Donchess of Nashua, who have a passion and vision to create change and make an impact on the current opioid problem in Nashua and beyond. We expect to achieve success in our efforts by working collaboratively using an approach that incorporates a shared vision, a common agenda, a shared system of measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication. The backbone of support for the MOTF will be the City of Nashua, through the Office of the Mayor and the Division of Public Health and Community Services. This model, referred to as a “collective impact” model, uses a community-wide approach to tackle the difficult health issue of opioid addiction that plagues our communities.
MOTF envisions the development of sustainable solutions through a continuum of care model to reduce barriers to access to treatment and recovery for substance misuse; and improve prevention activities and access to behavioral health services to stop overdose and save lives
The mission of MOTF is to provide strategic leadership and guidance through systems thinking to develop a continuum of care model, which incorporates prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts using a collective, adaptive approach to effectively reduce opioid misuse, overdose, and death
Where Do I Go for Help?
- Easter Seals Farnum Center at 140 Queen City Ave., Manchester, NH 03103. Phone: (603) 622-3020. NH Medicaid and all private insurances are accepted. Clients with Medicaid must walk in to the facility between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM to be put on the waiting list for a treatment bed.
- Hampstead Hospital at 218 East Road, Hampstead, NH 03841. Phone: (603) 329-5311. NH Wellsense and all private insurances are accepted.
- Keystone Hall at 615 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063. Phone: (603) 881-4848. NH Medicaid and all private insurances accepted. Applications available at 45 High St. in Nashua on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 PM-3:15 PM and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:45 AM-10:45 AM.
- Serenity Place at 101 Manchester Street, Manchester, NH 03101. Phone: (603) 625-6980.
Only accepts NH Medicaid. Clients must call for a phone screening, and then call daily for bed availability.
Tuesday, 7PM – 8:30PM, Speaker discussion, 59 Factory St, Nashua NH
Contact: Brion 603-759-6220
Wednesday, 12PM – 1:30, Primary Purpose, Speaker discussion, Main St United Methodist Church, 154 Main St Nashua NH
Contact: Tracey M 603-969-4988
Saturday, 9:30PM – 11PM, Speaker discussion, H.E.A.R.T.S. building 5 Pine St Extension
Contact: Brion 603-759-6220
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- NH Division of Public Service, WISDOM Health Database
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- "Breaking Point: Heroin in America".(11 Mar. 2016) ABC 20/20.
- "The Impact of Heroin Abuse on New Hampshire's Economy". (8 Mar. 2016). CCTV America.
- "Chasing Heroin". (23 Feb. 2016). PBS Frontline Film.
- "Unlikely Face of U.S. Heroin Epidemic". (21 Dec. 2015). BBC News.
- "I Can Lock Addicts Up, But They'll Be Back". (21 Dec. 2015). BBC News.
- "Children of Drug Users Are Growing Victims in Opioid Epidemic". (24 Nov. 2015). WMUR.
- "AMR Sees Spike in Opioid Overdoses". (20 Feb. 2016). WMUR.