Mayor’s Task Force on Substance Misuse

What is the Mayor's Task Force on Substance Misuse?

The City of Nashua Mayor's Task Force on Substance Misuse (MTF), formerly known as the Mayor's Opioid Task Force (MOTF), is diverse group of committed individuals led by Mayor Jim Donchess, who have a passion and vision to create change and make an impact on the current issue of substance misuse in Nashua and beyond. We expect to achieve success in our efforts by working collaboratively using an approach that incorporates a shared vision, a common agenda, a shared system of measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication. 

The backbone of support for the MTF is the City of Nashua, through the Office of the Mayor and the Division of Public Health and Community Services. This model, referred to as a “collective impact” model, uses a community-wide approach to tackle the difficult health issue of substance misuse that plagues our communities.

Our Mission

The mission of MTF is to provide strategic leadership and guidance through systems thinking to develop a continuum of care model, which incorporates prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts using a collective, adaptive approach to effectively reduce opioid misuse, overdose, and death.

Our Vision

MTF envisions the development of sustainable solutions through a continuum of care model to reduce barriers to access to treatment and recovery for substance misuse; and improve prevention activities and access to behavioral health services to stop overdose and save lives.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View most recent Agendas and Minutes here.

MTF Resources

Nashua DPHCS recently launched the Community Connections Resource Guide, which includes a list of recovery resources. The complete resource guide can be found here.

  1. Mayor's Office

  2. Leah Elliott

    Behavioral Health Specialist

  3. Lisa Vasquez

    Behavioral Health Strategist