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Friday
Apr242015

NH DHHS - State’s Homeless Population Down 14% since 2011

According to New DHHS Point-in-Time Survey

~~Programs Are Bringing More People in from the Cold but More Must Be Done

to Solve Homelessness~~


Concord – The number of homeless individuals across the State of New Hampshire measured 2,158, down 2% from 2014 numbers and down 14% since 2011

(from 2,520), according to data released today by the Department of Health

and Human Services (DHHS). The finding is the result of a one-day

Point-in-Time (PIT) count conducted in January 2015 by three Continuum of

Care organizations.



According to the report, the number of individuals in shelters increased 9%

(up to 1,370), while the percentage of those unsheltered decreased 34%

(262) from the results of the 2014 PIT count. Other findings include:

· 526 individuals were temporarily residing with family or friend, down

8.5% from 2014

· 393 represented families

· Of the 1,576 adults surveyed, 40% (627) of self-reported a severe and

persistent mental illness; 33% (523) surveyed reported having a

substance abuse issue; 10% (162) were veterans; and 19% (307) were

chronically homeless



“Decreasing homelessness in our State suggests that initiatives to prevent

homelessness and rapidly rehousing individuals displaced from their homes

are working,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “However, our work

is far from complete, as there are still far too many who do not have a

home. In these times of limited resources, it is more critical than ever

that we band together to find solutions to end homelessness.”



BHHS coordinates this Point-in-Time count in order to gather an accurate

and unduplicated count of homeless individuals and families across the

State. As part of the funding BHHS receives from the US Department of

Housing and Urban Development, this count is required to identify the needs

created by the ongoing issue of homelessness; both sheltered and

unsheltered, in New Hampshire.



“The PIT count provides data on the number of people experiencing

homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire,” said BHHS Administrator

Maureen Ryan. “The data helps identify trends and areas of need across the

State so that we can ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of

services to this population.”



The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) conducts the one-day statewide

Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count

took place on 1/28/15 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 p.m. and targeted

city/town welfare offices, homeless shelters, hospitals, police

departments, soup kitchens, food pantries, outreach workers, and other

organizations serving homeless people in New Hampshire. The count is

undertaken as a coordinated effort between the three local homeless

Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” which

BHHS coordinates.





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Friday
Apr242015

Josiah Bartlett Center - Agreeing on the problem isn't always enough 

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Weekly Update from the Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Agreeing on the Problem Isn't Always Enough

The political process often obscures truth and inhibits agreement. Too often each of us believes he or she knows what’s important but that the things you think are important are trivial and your insistence upon them is a sign of perfidy or cognitive dysfunction. On very rare occasions there is substantial agreement on a problem. This is good only because it allows us to attack someone else’s solution as near-sighted or disingenuous. It is inconceivable that an opponent might have a well intentioned idea that we simply think is a lower priority or might not work as well. Click here to keep reading.
 


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Fixing NH's Economy

Charlie talks to Ken Cail about the difficulty in finding common ground on how to fix New Hampshire's stagnant Economy. Click here to listen.

 

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Friday
Apr242015

ALG - New Attorney General should investigate Clinton, Uranium One 

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April 24, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to investigate the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One, which donated millions to the foundation, seemingly in exchange for a lucrative U.S. uranium contract:

 

"Loretta Lynch's first act as Attorney General should be to launch a full-scale investigation of the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One. The appearance that Hillary Clinton sold approvals to foreign governments puts a stain on every foreign policy decision she made as Secretary of State. The national security team had to know about this, and went along with it, and the notion that President Obama knew nothing is simply unbelievable. Our national security is now for sale."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/new-attorney-general-should-investigate-clinton-uranium-one/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Apr242015

NH GOP - Maggie's Hollywood Money!

Friend,

 

It's no secret Maggie Hassan has her eyes on Washington. And she knows if she's going to get there, she'll need all the campaign cash she can get her hands on.

 

Hacked emails between Sony executives and Maggie Hassan posted on Wikileaks provide an unprecedented look at Hassan's cozy relationship with powerful Hollywood elites. In these emails, Hassan lavishes praise on her Tinseltown donors, expressing her gratitude for "the help you provided me in getting me," into the corner office.

 

New Hampshire needs elected officials who will represent working families, not Hollywood. We need leaders who will focus on moving the Granite State forward instead of hobnobbing with left coast liberals.

 

We need your help if we're going to stand a chance against the millions pouring into Hassan's campaign coffers. 

  

Click here to support our efforts to expose the truth behind Hassan's failed record.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Friday
Apr242015

NH DHHS - Pew Research Foundation Report Give New Hampshire an 'A' 

New Pew Research Foundation Report Gives New Hampshire an ‘A’ for State’s

Efforts to Protect Children from Tooth Decay

Concord, NH – A new report from the Pew Research Foundation gives New

Hampshire an “A” grade for its efforts to protect children from tooth decay

with dental sealants. The ranking reflects combined efforts by the

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), children’s health

advocates, and providers to promote good oral health among school children.

According to research, school based dental sealant programs reduce tooth

decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.



“Pew’s recognition demonstrates how much we can accomplish when we work

together to advance children’s health,” said DHHS Commissioner Nick

Toumpas. “This is testament to the hard work of staff in the Office of

Medicaid and the Division of Public Health Services Oral Health Program.

This is a victory for health advocates in the community, dental programs

that help manage the sealant programs, participating dentists and

hygienists, and the schools that provide the care.”



The oral health policies are administered by the DHHS Division of Public

Health and Office of Medicaid. New Hampshire also received an ‘A’ grade two

years ago, based on similar criteria and both times received the Pew

Foundation's highest score for policy and sealant program performance. Pew

has graded states' oral health policies on certain measures for several

years.



Pew based the grade on four policy and performance elements:

· Percentage of high-need schools with sealant programs

· Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in

schools

· Participation in the National Oral Health Surveillance System

· Meeting “Healthy People 2010” sealant objective



Still, many children between the ages of 6 and 9 are without sealants.

Sealants are covered by Medicaid and available through school-based sealant

programs, in community dental clinics and in local dentists’ offices. The

American Dental Association recommends sealants for permanent molars for

all children at risk for tooth decay.



For more information about the New Hampshire DHHS Oral Health Program visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm. To read the full Pew

report, go to

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/04/states-stalled-on-dental-sealant-programs

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