CONCORD, NH – Governor Chris Sununu on Thursday announced longtime youth and recovery advocate Marty Boldin has been hired to serve as the Governor’s Policy Advisor on Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
Boldin will work directly with James Vara, Governor Sununu’s Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, to address the state’s ongoing efforts to combat this crisis and help those suffering with substance use disorders.
“The opiate crisis is the most serious public health and safety issue facing New Hampshire and it remains critical that we continue supporting investments and resources in law enforcement, but also in prevention, treatment and recovery programs,” Sununu said. “I am thrilled to have Marty join James in the Governor’s Office of Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health, where he will help to bring a renewed emphasis on recovery programs in the state and ensure that available funds are reaching programs quickly and are yielding positive results.”
Boldin, a Dean’s Fellow and PhD Candidate at the Boston University School of Social Work, is an accomplished addictions and social work professional. He has been involved with the development and implementation of several social service initiatives in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings across the United States and has worked in Canada, Russia, and Ireland, including more than 10 years as Director of the City of Manchester Office of Youth Services.
He has extensive clinical experience in substance abuse treatment, prevention, intervention, and supervision. Most recently, he served on the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery and chaired the Commission’s Recovery Task Force.
This announcement comes on the heels of recent action taken by the Governor, including an application for $6.2 million in federal CURES Act funding and calls to double the state’s Alcohol Fund by more than $3 million, a full reinstatement of Granite Hammer funds and targeted student loan debt forgiveness for clinicians and nurses working on the front lines of the opioid crisis.