New Hampshire Adult Protective 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 announcing its Adult

Protective Services (APS) Structured Decision Making® (SDM®) System is

being recognized with a national award. The Council of State Governments

is awarding BEAS an Innovations Award. The Innovations Awards recognizes

exemplary state programs and facilitates their replication in other states.

“This is wonderful recognition for BEAS staff,” said DHHS Associate

Commissioner and Director of the Division of Community Based Care Services

Nancy Rollins, “who have worked so diligently over the past several years

to transform adult protective services field practice.”

BEAS’APS Program is charged with providing protection for vulnerable

adults who are abused, neglected, exploited or experience self-neglect.

APS’ Structured Decision Making includes a number of assessments designed

to establish consistency of decision making at critical points in the life

of a report to adult protective services. Given the challenges of

increasingly complex cases, and dwindling state and community based

resources these assessments provide information that assist APS staff and

supervisors in prioritizing cases.

“This award recognizes the professional commitment of BEAS’ Adult

Protective Services staff,” stated Acting BEAS Administrator Diane Langley,

“in the development of assessment instruments that offer consistent

decision pathways and help to ensure the safety and protection of some of

the State’s most at-risk citizens.”

This is the second year in a row BEAS has received an Innovations Award.

Last year BEAS was recognized for its Transitions in Caregiving Program.

NH is one of two CSG Eastern Regional Innovation Award winners; the other

is Maryland’s Security Integration Initiative. CSG’s Eastern Region is

comprised of eleven northeastern states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

and five eastern Canadian provinces.