Legal Practice Services is comprised of attorneys, para-professionals and support staff across DHHS who deliver a wide range of legal services to all DHHS program areas.
Legal Practice Services attorneys who support the Division for Children, Youth and Families appear in probate court regarding guardianship of minors proceedings and termination of parental rights. These attorneys also draft pleadings and appear in court regarding child protection, Children In Need of Services (CHINS), and delinquency cases.
Attorneys for the Division of Community Based Care Services supervise investigations regarding client complaints at community mental health centers and other facilities including New Hampshire Hospital and Glencliff Home for the Elderly. They manage complex interdisciplinary investigations of unexpected client deaths or other serious incidents. These attorneys prosecute cases in probate court for the appointment of guardians for persons admitted to New Hampshire Hospital or Glencliff Home for the Elderly. Other responsibilities include filing and prosecuting petitions for involuntary admission to New Hampshire Hospital.
Attorneys for the Division of Child Support Services file petitions in either a Family Division Court or a County Superior Court to establish paternity and child support orders for the benefit of children and families and to recover costs associated with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
DHHS attorneys also provide legal advice and general counsel services to all areas of DHHS. Areas of legal support include assisting in the interpretation of laws and policies, providing representation in administrative hearings, and providing litigation support to the Attorney General's Office in cases involving DHHS.