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January 24th, 2017

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT NLH TO CHAIR MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING NEW HAMPSHIRE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Steven Powell, MD, a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of New London Hospital, has been appointed to Chair New Hampshire's Region 1 Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Medicaid 1115 Waiver program to improve behavioral health services across the state for those insured by Medicaid. One of seven geographic regions, Region 1 includes Sullivan County, Greater Monadnock Region and the Upper Valley. 1115 Waiver programming is funded by federal dollars, with the State directing that these funds are used to redesign delivery of care through integration of behavioral and general health services, with emphasis on helping patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) and serious mental illness.

The Region 1 project is "Capacity Building: Expansion in Intensive SUD Treatment." This project will expand treatment capacity within the Region 1 integrated delivery network of facilities and providers that work together locally. Intensive outpatient, partial hospital and residential treatment options for SUD will be offered in conjunction with expansion of lower acuity outpatient counseling. These services are intended to result in increased stable remission of substance misuse, reduction in hospitalization, reduction in arrests and decrease in psychiatric symptoms for individuals with co-occurring mental health conditions. It is also hoped that changes implemented will benefit entire communities, improving health for all, not only Medicaid recipients in particular need.

Dr. Powell is a licensed psychiatrist and emergency department physician who received his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia and a Master of Public Health degree from The Dartmouth Institute. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

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