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DHHS Announces Public Information Sessions to be Held on Transformation Waiver to Strengthen Behavioral Health System, Substance Use Disorder Services
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Publish Date:
February 26, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it will be holding a series of public information sessions to present how New Hampshire will implement the $150 million waiver it received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transform New Hampshire's behavioral health delivery system.

"The opioid crisis and our strained behavioral health system are urgent challenges facing our State," said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. "The demand for substance abuse and mental health and services is increasing and it is vital that New Hampshire leverage this opportunity to expand our capacity to address it and improve the care we provide. This waiver will enable us to begin to move resources out to providers this year so that we further our current efforts."

Under the transformation waiver received by New Hampshire, CMS will provide the State with up to $30 million in funding each year for five years. The payments will go to networks of health care and social service providers that will be formed across the State. Through these regional networks, New Hampshire will transform its behavioral health delivery system by: expanding provider capacity to address behavioral health needs; integrating physical and behavioral health to better address the full range of beneficiaries' needs; and reducing gaps in care during transitions – from treatment back into the community – through improved care coordination for individuals with behavioral health issues.

Beginning on March 4th, DHHS will hold nine public informational sessions about the transformation waiver throughout the State at the dates, locations and times listed below. The public is encouraged to attend. For up to date information about the public hearings and the transformation waiver, go to

Informational Sessions

  • Friday, March 4, 2016
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services -Auditorium
    29 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH
  • Monday, March 7, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Historical Society of Cheshire County
    246 Main Street
    Keene, NH
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Inter-Lakes High School Library
    1 Laker Lane
    Meredith, NH 03253
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Manchester City Hall
    Alderman Chambers (3rd floor)
    One City Hall Plaza
    Manchester, NH
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    NH Veteran’s Home
    139 Winter Street
    Tilton, NH
  • Monday, March 14, 2016 - POSTPONED until Thursday, March 24th
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    White Mountains Community College
    2020 Riverside Drive
    Berlin, NH
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nashua Community College – Room 150
    505 Amherst Street
    Nashua, NH
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    City Library Levenson Community Meeting Room
    Portsmouth Public Library
    175 Parrott Avenue
    Portsmouth, NH
  • Thursday, March 17, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Littleton Regional Healthcare
    Taylor Caswell Conference Center
    600 St Johnsbury Road
    Littleton, NH
  • Monday, March 28, 2016
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03301
    Parking behind the building (unless handicap parking is needed)
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