NH DHHS - Conference Highlights Improved Access to Home and Community Based Services and Supports

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Community Based Care Services (DCBCS) hosted an all-day

conference Friday for professionals in New Hampshire who work in the field

of long-term services and supports, as well as those who serve New

Hampshire military and their families. The Conference titled: NH Care

Path – Opening Doors to Community Long-Term Services and Supports, was

designed to inform participants about efforts in New Hampshire to rebalance

Medicaid funding for long-term services and supports with an emphasis on

greater access to home and community based services and supports.

“The Department is committed to creating a seamless experience for people

needing long term services and supports,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas

Toumpas, “no matter where they first enter the system. We are looking at

how to integrate care across all systems so that a person seeking services

does not have to navigate a confusing and complicated maze of services and

eligibility requirements.”

Over 350 people attended the conference which opened with a presentation by

Joseph Lugo from the U.S. Administration for Community Living who presented

on the federal vision for a ‘No Wrong Door’ System for long term services

and supports. During panel presentations and workshops participants heard

about statewide changes to implement a ‘No Wrong Door’ System aimed at

reaching all populations and payers by creating a standardized, streamlined

eligibility and enrollment process; improving access to long-term services

and supports; and increasing public awareness of community based options

for services and supports. The goal of the ‘No Wrong Door’ is to provide

persons with greater access to home and community-based services and to

reduce unnecessary reliance on institutional services.

Funding was provided through the Balancing Incentive Program, which is

supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The

purpose of this program is to increase access to and use of long-term care

services and supports in community settings. In partnership with community

organizations throughout the state, the NH Department of Health and Human

Services is working to streamline access to home and community based long

term services and supports.