AG quickly closes investigation into addiction treatment centers

Monitor staff
Published: 6/28/2017 9:00:57 PM

The state attorney general’s office has closed its investigation into Hope for New Hampshire Recovery after finding that allegations of mismanagement and bullying at the addiction recovery organization did not rise to a criminal level.

The inquiry was launched following a New Hampshire Public Radio story in which former employees alleged they were bullied, certified as recovery coaches without meeting the requirements and encouraged to inflate the number of clients coming in the door.

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery has six centers across the state, including in Concord and Franklin, which seek to help people recover from drug addiction. The nonprofit organization refuted allegations made by its former employees, saying in a statement that “no organization has helped more New Hampshire residents find hope and achieve recovery.”

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery has received more than $100,000 in state money, but additional funds were put on hold pending the investigation’s outcome, NHPR reported.

In a two-paragraph statement, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Wednesday: “The office reviewed allegations made by former employees as well as those reported in the media. Based on the facts currently known, the office has determined that none of the allegations rise to the level of criminal conduct.”

The charitable trust unit will be reaching out to Hope for New Hampshire Recovery to offer “assistance and guidance with respect to the governance of the organization,” MacDonald said.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or amorris@cmonitor.com.)




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