DHHS Announces Series of Forums For Seniors and Their Families

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) along with the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) announce dates for a series of community meetings for seniors and their families. The "Community Listening Forums - Helping Each Other Through the Ages" will provide seniors with the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns and offer suggestions about long term care in New Hampshire.

The sessions are being held across the State, and will give a brief overview of the Department's person-centered service philosophy and how it will impact people who receive long-term support services. "We are very concerned about the sustainability of long term care services," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. "A person-centered philosophy, which organizes services around the individual receiving services rather than around the place where the service is delivered is one strategy for making the long-term care system sustainable."

The forums are intended to be regional listening sessions for seniors and their families to provide input into program and design policy. "The perspective of our seniors and their families is very important to BEAS as it formulates the next State Plan on Aging," said BEAS Administrator Kathleen Otte. "We want this process to be as inclusive and as responsive as we can make it, going out into the community to listen will give us incredible insight into what people need and what they prefer."

The community listening sessions begin May 12 and go through July. (Please see attached schedule for dates, times, and locations). CART services will be available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Anyone interested in attending a session can contact DHHS at 1-800-852-3345 extension 4384 or TDD 1-800-735-2964 extension 4384. Please indicate the date and location of the session you plan to attend.

(See attached file: Community Listening Sessions.pdf)