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Conference Highlights Improved Access to Home and Community Based Services and Supports
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Publish Date:
September 29, 2014

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Community Based Care Services (DCBCS) hosted an all-day conference Friday for professionals in New Hampshire who work in the field of long-term services and supports, as well as those who serve New Hampshire military and their families. The Conference titled: NH Care Path – Opening Doors to Community Long-Term Services and Supports, was designed to inform participants about efforts in New Hampshire to rebalance Medicaid funding for long-term services and supports with an emphasis on greater access to home and community based services and supports.

"The Department is committed to creating a seamless experience for people needing long term services and supports," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, "no matter where they first enter the system. We are looking at how to integrate care across all systems so that a person seeking services does not have to navigate a confusing and complicated maze of services and eligibility requirements."

Over 350 people attended the conference which opened with a presentation by Joseph Lugo from the U.S. Administration for Community Living who presented on the federal vision for a 'No Wrong Door' System for long term services and supports. During panel presentations and workshops participants heard about statewide changes to implement a 'No Wrong Door' System aimed at reaching all populations and payers by creating a standardized, streamlined eligibility and enrollment process; improving access to long-term services and supports; and increasing public awareness of community based options for services and supports. The goal of the 'No Wrong Door' is to provide persons with greater access to home and community-based services and to reduce unnecessary reliance on institutional services.

Funding was provided through the Balancing Incentive Program, which is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of this program is to increase access to and use of long-term care services and supports in community settings. In partnership with community organizations throughout the state, the NH Department of Health and Human Services is working to streamline access to home and community based long term services and supports.

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