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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) is designated by the NH Legislature as the State’s Aging Agency. Under this designation, BEAS is given the authority to develop and administer the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) in accordance with all requirements of the Older American’s Act (OAA) of 1965, as amended. The SPOA is required by the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) in order for NH to receive federal funding for Older Americans Act programs.

BEAS is seeking public input on the draft Four-Year State Plan on Aging (SPOA). The SPOA is guided by the SPOA Planning Committee, a diverse group of statewide leaders whose goal is to develop a four-year plan that helps to guide our state’s efforts in understanding, serving, supporting and celebrating older adults across the State.

The BEAS, SPOA Committee, and NH Legislative State Committee on Aging worked together in distributing the SPOA Survey to individuals and communities across the State. Fifteen listening sessions were also scheduled statewide. At the close of this three-month outreach campaign, responses were received from 2,927 individuals through the SPOA survey, and 579 individuals through the listening sessions. Total participation included over 3,500 individuals from across the Granite State.

The SPOA is required by the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) in order for NH to receive federal funding for Older Americans Act programs. The SPOA must be submitted to ACL by July 1, 2019.

Opportunities to share and submit public comments are provided from May 1 through May 29. Written comments may be emailed to spoa@dhhs.nh.gov, or comments may be sent by U.S. mail to the address provided below. Written comments that are submitted by mail must be received at the BEAS Office no later than May 29th.

  • Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
    105 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301
    ATTN: State Plan on Aging

Public comments can also be shared by attending one of the four scheduled SPOA Public Comment Sessions provided below:

  • North Conway, April 30, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    Gibson Center for Senior Services
    14 Grove Street, North Conway
  • Derry, May 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Derry Municipal Center
    Town of Derry
    14 Manning Street
    Derry, NH 03038
    3rd Floor, Large Meeting Room
  • Concord, May 2, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Department of Health and Human Services Auditorium
    Brown Building
    129 Pleasant Street, Concord
  • Concord, May 2, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
    Department of Health and Human Services Auditorium
    Brown Building
    129 Pleasant Street, Concord

If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Kimberly Hillson at 1-800-852-3345 x 9215 or Kimberly.Hillson@dhhs.nh.gov five business days before a SPOA Public Comment Session. At least 5 business days of advance notice is requested in order to assure availability; requests made fewer than 5 days prior to the event will attempt to be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed.

 
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