Gov. pledges $150K to continue Safe Station services

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May 5, 2016: The City of Manchester announced a groundbreaking “Safe Station” initiative and an expansion of the Granite United Way’s 2-1-1NH service. File photo

MANCHESTER, NH– Following the announcement Monday of Gov. Chris Sununu’s intent to secure funding for the Manchester Safe Station program Mayor Ted Gatsas and city officials issued the following statements:

“I want to thank Governor Chris Sununu, Drug Czar David Mara, and Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeff Meyers for working with the City of Manchester to ensure the continued success of the Manchester Safe Station program. The immediate $150,000 commitment by Governor Sununu and his leadership team will assure the continuation of Manchester Safe Station and the programs in place to provide the services to Safe Station. I am confident that as we move forward we will secure additional funding for the future,” Gatsas said.

“We’ve had nearly 2,500 visits to the Manchester Safe Station program since it started and fatalities are down year over year. With over 65 percent of Safe Station visits coming from outside of Manchester, it is important that the State of New Hampshire be a partner in the Manchester Safe Station program,” said Chief Dan Goonan.

“This funding is critical to ensure that people seeking help will be able to continue to access services through the Safe Station program,” said Public Health Director Tim Soucy.

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