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NH Department of Health and Human Services Announces Establishment of New Division of Long Term Supports and Services
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Publish Date:
October 20, 2017

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers has announced the creation of the Division of Long Term Supports and Services. The new Division will include the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), the Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS), and Special Medical Services (SMS). This new Division will serve individuals from birth through the lifespan, ensuring comprehensive and coordinated services throughout a person’s life.

“Given the State’s current demographics and anticipating the future needs of our aging and disability population groups, I believe the new Division will integrate the services we offer these vulnerable populations,” said Commissioner Meyers. “We recognize the similarities and differences among these bureaus and believe that by bringing them together under one Division, we can strengthen the services and supports we provide our residents.”

New Hampshire has the second oldest population in the U.S. People with developmental disabilities are living longer and aging. Children are born today with chronic health conditions that will last into adulthood. While the population groups served by the new Division have unique service needs, DHHS provides services for an increasing number of people beginning in early childhood and continuing through their senior years. Bringing these programs under the umbrella of the Division of Long Term Supports and Services will ensure integration of Department services throughout the continuum of many clients’ lifespans.

The Division of Long Term Supports and Services will be led by Christine Santaniello. Chris has been with DHHS since October 2016 as the Director of BDS. Prior to working for DHHS, she was the Executive Director of Lakes Region Community Services, a broad-based Family Support/Community Services organization, serving individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders.

Along with Chris’ appointment to Division Director, Sandy Hunt has been named Bureau Chief for BDS. Sandy currently serves as the Deputy Director for BDS. Prior to her current role, she served as Interim BDS Director and the Administrator for Medicaid Care Management. Sandy has been with DHHS since June 2015. DHHS is currently recruiting for a new BEAS Bureau Chief.

 

 
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