- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state Department of Health and Human Services is changing licensing requirements for residential drug and alcohol treatment centers to address a statewide shortage of beds.

The revision announced Wednesday came after Gov. Maggie Hassan and Health Department Commissioner Nick Toumpas requested a review of the requirements in August.

Centers will now be able to house two adults in rooms that are 120 square feet rather than the 160 square-foot measurement in the current rules.

Twenty-one states have the 120-foot standard or lower.

The review indicates New Hampshire has seven licensed substance-abuse providers with 228 beds and two pending applications with a total of 50 beds. Also, Easter Seals has said it plans to renovate a property in Franklin by February 2016 to provide 20 beds.

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