Three Unlicensed Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Scramble To Comply With Regulations

State law mandates that all three businesses be licensed and undergo annual health and safety inspections. But for as long as Heidi Moran can remember, state regulators have allowed Southeastern New Hampshire Services to operate without any oversight.

That will change on July 1, 2016, when the state plans to cut funding to Southeastern New Hampshire Services and two other unlicensed residential programs. To keep their facilities running, the three centers will need to bill Medicaid and private insurers, who are now required to cover substance abuse treatment under the Affordable Care Act. But before the three centers can bill insurers, they'll need a health care facility license that requires compliance with hundreds of regulations on everything from fire protection to door handles.