NH nursing home employees will continue to get hazard pay

CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) Nursing home employees in New Hampshire will continue to get additional hazard pay.

New Hampshire is extending emergency hazard stipends to frontline workers at Medicaid-funded facilities. The workers will receive the additional $300 weekly stipend through the end of July. About $30 million has already gone out the door. Gov. Chris Sununu Tuesday said the state will continue to focus on long-term care facilities as the pandemic continues.

"Given that those who are more elderly with underlining health conditions tend to be in those facilities. Outbreaks in those facilities tend to be a little more of a challenge. I think the state has done a tremendous job handling those to date, but we want to make sure the resources are there," Sununu said.

To date, Sununu says the stipend has benefited about 23,000 workers at around 300 different facilities around the state.

Sununu also said money from New Hampshire's share of federal coronavirus relief aid will go to youth, mental health and substance abuse, and veterans.

He said $5 million will go toward such areas as training for teachers on effective remote learning strategies, suicide awareness training, an internet crimes against children program, and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Police Athletic League.

Sununu said $6 million will go into a program that focuses on substance use disorders, and $7 million will be provided for housing and mental health support for veterans.