NH DHHS - NH Caregiver Program Recognized with National Award

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) is pleased to announce the Transitions in Caregiving Program is being recognized with a national award. The Council of State Governments Innovations Award recognizes exemplary state programs and facilitates their replication in other states.

The Transitions in Caregiving Program was created to change and more effectively deliver services to family caregivers. Criteria for consideration of the award include newness, creativity, effectiveness, transferability, and significance.

“We are honored to be recognized with this distinction,” said BEAS Administrator Kathleen Otte. “This award underscores how everyone in this partnership from our federal partners, state partners and those at the community level have worked together to design and implement what is now a very successful program.” “The key to this project, is it’s consumer-directed,” added Program Specialist Cathy Crepaux.

Transitions in Caregiving is coordinated through partnerships involving BEAS, the Administration on Aging, the Weinberg Foundation, the UNH Institute on Disability, ServiceLink, and Gateways Community Services. Transitions in Caregiving supports caregiving families of elderly members who do not qualify for Medicaid but who do not have the resources to meet the demands of providing hands on care. The program's purpose is to prevent or delay Medicaid nursing home placements.

Initially the Program began as a pilot in two counties in 2007, it has since expanded and as of July is operating Statewide.

BEAS will receive the national award in December at the annual meeting of the Council of State Governments annual meeting in Providence, RI.