NH DHHS State Worker Receives Governor’s Award

Concord – New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro and John Richards,

Director of the Governor’s Commission on Disability presented the

Governor’s Accessibility Award to Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief of Community

Based Military Programs for the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

The NH Governor’s Accessibility Awards recognize the outstanding

accomplishments and leadership within a business, organization or

individual that supports independence, inclusive environments and services

for individuals with disabilities.

The award recognizes Ms. Moncher’s work as the Chairman of the NH

Legislative Commission on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic

Brain Injury. This Commission is collecting data about veterans from the

different agencies that serve them. They have created new mapping tools to

generate policy and agency questions that could lead to better treatment

and services.

The Commission is also distributing a survey across the State and will be

using this information to gain a greater understanding of the needs and

challenges of New Hampshire’s veteran community. Veterans can access this

survey on-line at nh-veteran.com.

Ms. Moncher has been instrumental in the development of military and

civilian partnerships throughout the State that improve education, outreach

and services. Since her position was created in the fall of 2008, there

has been a significant increase in military and civilian agencies

partnering together to improve services and supports to the 135,000

veterans, service members and their families in New Hampshire. Ms. Moncher

is also a United States Air Force Veteran and served as a Czechoslovakian


The NH Department of Health and Human Services is the only Department of

Health and Human Services in the country that has a position solely focused

on military supports. “Our Department recognizes the value of bringing

state and civilian resources together to support our military,” said

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“The need to serve this unique population in an important one and our

Department has a responsibility to help leverage our resources to help

these men and women who have sacrificed so much. I’d like to thank Jo and

congratulate her for all the work she has done to help our Department

achieve the successes it has in this area.”