Our History

Farnum opened in Manchester in 1981 under the leadership of Eliot Priest, who was a retired executive from Public Service of New Hampshire and Board Member at Catholic Medical Center. From the beginning, Farnum was established as an affordable treatment facility for recovery from alcohol and other drugs. In 2008, Farnum joined the Easterseals family!

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Just two years later in 2010, Alex Ray, entrepreneur, and owner of the Common Man family restaurants, approached Easterseals Farnum Center with an offer of a merge with Webster Place Recovery Center in Franklin, NH—a facility he had developed on the Daniel Webster Homestead in 2007.

With these two established programs, we were off in running to help people on their road to recovery. Concurrently, New Hampshire began experiencing an alarming rise in deaths due to heroin and other opioids.

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Seeing the ever-increasing need for more treatment beds in the state, Easterseals Farnum Center launched a massive $1.1 million capital campaign in 2012 to move the Farnum Center to a completely renovated, state-of-the-art facility across town. The New Farnum Center, featuring the state’s first non-hospital based Medical Detox unit, opened in 2013 and doubled the number of beds available to 60.

Unfortunately, as the addiction epidemic continues to rise in the state, so does the need for even more treatment beds.

In 2015, Easterseals Farnum Center began a major renovation and to obtain licensing from the State of NH in Franklin, NH to expand the services available there. To bring all of the services together under one name, we began calling the campus there Farnum North.

The major renovation of one of the buildings on the campus was bolstered by a large challenge gift to the community issued by Alex Ray. Over a period of just 30 days in late 2015, we had raised more than $280,000 to renovate what is now known as the Ray House. This facility will provide services to women seeking treatment as well as veterans and first responders. The bed licensing process in nearly complete, and combined with the new beds at the Ray House, will provide 63 new beds at Farnum North.

We look to the future with much hope and will remain firm in our commitment to ensuring we are here for those who need us.

In 2017, the Farnum Outpatient Department moved to a new building. Meeting the overwhelming need for outpatient services in the Manchester area, Farnum expanded its outpatient space. The new facility hosts all outpatient services and Open Access Assessments.

In 2018, Farnum opened a Stabilization Unit to receive clients who are accessing Safe Station via the Manchester Fire Department. This 16-bed clinically licensed residential treatment unit provides clients with structured treatment, referral, and placement in NH facilities, physical health screenings, and substance use disorder programming.

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