NH DHHS Announces Community Living Initiative for Veterans

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau

of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) in collaboration with the Belknap

County ServiceLink Resource Center, Lakes Region Partnership for Public

Health and the VA Medical Center in Manchester have launched a new program

to better assist Veterans. The program is a consumer-directed option for

Veterans who are eligible for nursing home placement yet wish to remain in

the community.

"This program presents an exciting opportunity for New Hampshire Veterans

and their Caregivers," said DHHS’ Bureau Chief of Community Based Military

Programs, Jo Moncher. "Veterans can remain in their home while still

receiving the care they need. They have served our country, and this

program allows us to serve them - with the dignity and quality of life that

they deserve."

The Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services program (VD-HCBS) is

in response to a national effort by the Veterans Health Administration to

allow Veterans receiving services more choice and control over the services

they receive.

The VD-HCBS program is being piloted in Belknap County through the

ServiceLink Resource Center. The program was officially launched with a

ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health in


“Cutting the ribbon symbolizes a radical change in how aging Veterans with

chronic and disabling conditions, choose, pay for, evaluate and modify the

home care services they need to remain in their homes,” said Erik

Johannessen, Social Work Executive at the Manchester VAMC. “The Department

of Veteran Affairs, in a true pioneering spirit, with state and community

partners, moves the control of necessary home care services from outside of

the Veteran to the Veteran.”

BEAS Administrator Diane Langley welcomes the implementation of this new

program. “The self-directed model that is critical to the Veterans Directed

HCBS program is consistent with the direction of home and community based

care programs offered by DHHS,” she said. “BEAS thanks all of the partners

involved in the start-up of this program, at the federal, state, and

community level, for their commitment to expanding the range of options

available to veterans and their families.”

More information about Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Care

Services can be found on the Veterans Administration website at:


or by calling Belknap County ServiceLink at 603-528-6945.