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August 19, 2020

Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver – Listening Sessions
Due to COVID-19 all listening sessions will be held remotely using a call in option or video conferencing (Zoom)

The four listening sessions are as follows: Registration is required.

If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Linda Bimbo at as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate needs identified with advance notice.

Stay Informed
There will be further opportunities to provide additional stakeholder feedback and public comment on the waiver prior to submission to CMS. BDS, working with the IOD, will also provide public notice of formal public comment sessions in early 2021.

Waiver Renewal Process
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services requests your input as the Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS) begins the Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol renewal process. Every five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that the states renew their Home and Community-Based Services 1915(c) waivers.

The renewal process is lengthy and includes collaborative meetings with a wide range of stakeholders to gather input on the waiver. BDS is working with the Institute on Disability (IOD) to deliver four listening sessions statewide. BDS encourages people to participate in the listening sessions noted below or to provide input by email or mail. Sharing what has worked and what areas needs attention will help inform waiver changes in the application that will be available for public comment in early 2021.

Acquired Brain Disorder Information
The Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver provides Community Participation Services, Respite, Service Coordination, Supported Employment Services, Assistive Technology Support Services, Community Support Services (CSS), Crisis Response Services, Environmental and Vehicle Modification Services, Residential Habilitation/Personal Care Services, Specialty Services, and Wellness Coaching to New Hampshire’s eligible participants with an acquired brain disorder. PDMS services are provided in accordance with He-M 525 and traditional services are provided in accordance with He-M 521, He-M 522, He-M 1001, and He-M 507.

The intent of the provision of the following services is to assist people to remain living, working and participating within their community versus receiving care in an institution. Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are intended to provide a comprehensive system of supports and services in order to ensure the health, welfare and safety of individuals. In addition, waiver services are intended to maximize participants’ autonomy by encouraging choices about their life as well as enjoying meaningful relationships and both accessing and actively participating in all aspects of community life. The current ABD waiver (11/1/2016) includes the following covered services:

  • Community Participation Services
  • Crisis Response Services
  • Respite
  • Environmental &Vehicle Modification Services
    Service Coordination
  • Residential Habilitation/Personal Care Services
    Supported Employment Services
  • Specialty Services
    Assistive Technology Support Services
  • Wellness Coaching
    Community Support Services
  • Participant Directed and Managed Services

Requests for a hard copy of the current Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver should be submitted by email or phone to:

Ms. Jessica Kennedy
Phone: 603-271-5034

A hard copy of the current ABD Waiver can also be picked up, with prior notice, at BDS, which is located at:

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS)
Main Building
105 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Due to COVID-19 all listening sessions will be held remotely using a call in option or video conferencing (Zoom)

There are several ways to give your input to BDS:

  • Attend one of the four (4) listening sessions held on the dates noted above. At the listening sessions, you can provide verbal or written comments.

  • Email comments to

  • Mail written comments to:
    • Ms. Jessica Kennedy
      New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
      Attn: ABD Waiver Renewal Input
      105 Pleasant Street
      Concord, NH 03301

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