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Sununu For Governor - Statement on the Confirmation of New HHS Commissioner 



EXETER, NH - Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Republican candidate for governor, issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Jeff Meyers as the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.
"The Department of HHS serves some of New Hampshire's most vulnerable citizens. Therefore, the level of customer service to those individuals and families must be second to none. More than any other department, HHS requires capable and decisive leadership that won't let political agendas get in the way of best practices and quality service.
"I am hopeful that as the new commissioner, Jeff Meyers will work to strengthen and improve HHS, while maintaining accountability and transparency within the department. The people who rely on the department's services, as well as its valued employees deserve nothing less.
"I look forward to working with Jeff as New Hampshire tackles some of its biggest challenges yet in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and Medicaid expansion."




NH DHHS to Coordinate Annual Count of New Hampshire’s Homeless Population 

Concord, NH – On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the New Hampshire Department

of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will coordinate a count to identify the

number of homeless individuals in New Hampshire. The DHHS Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), together with service providers that

serve homeless individuals and families, will report the number of

sheltered and unsheltered persons for a 24-hour period. This is a

coordinated effort between the three local homeless Continuums of Care –

Greater Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State,” which BHHS


“This count is intended to be a snapshot of how many people are

experiencing homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire,” said Maureen

Ryan, BHHS Administrator. “It is based on information reported from city

and town welfare offices, homeless shelters, police and fire departments,

faith based organizations, outreach workers, the 2-1-1 Call Center, and

other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in the State.”

In January 2015, New Hampshire reported 2,158 homeless individuals across

the State. Of that number, 1,370 were sheltered, 262 were unsheltered, and

526 individuals were doubled up (temporarily residing with family or

friends). The total of 2,210 includes 393 families.

An accurate unduplicated count is required by the US Department of Housing

and Urban Development and is essential in DHHS’s efforts to obtain funds

that directly benefit individuals and families experiencing homelessness or

at risk of becoming homeless in New Hampshire.

For information on how you can participate, please call the Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services at 271-9196.


NH DHHS Approves Temescal Wellness Certification to Begin Cultivating Therapeutic Cannabis 

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

(DHHS) has issued a conditional registration certificate to Temescal

Wellness to begin cultivating therapeutic cannabis at its cultivation

center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Temescal is the second alternative

treatment center to gain Departmental approval to begin therapeutic

cannabis cultivation. Earlier in January, DHHS granted a conditional

registration certificate to Sanctuary ATC to begin operations at its

cultivation center in Rochester.

In addition to the cultivation location, Temescal Wellness will also

operate dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Temescal must

complete an initial therapeutic cannabis cultivation cycle before DHHS can

inspect the dispensing locations in order to confirm they are ready to

open. Once the dispensary locations have passed inspection, DHHS will issue

Temescal a registration certificate without conditions to dispense

therapeutic cannabis to qualifying patients and designated caregivers who

have registered with either the Dover or Lebanon dispensary. The expected

timeframe for Temescal’s dispensaries to begin operations is Spring 2016.

The Therapeutic Cannabis Program being implemented by DHHS will include

four dispensary locations and three cultivation centers. Applications for

potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider

certification, and other important information can be found on the

Therapeutic Cannabis Program page on the DHHS website at This information is intended to

assist in correctly completing the required applications.



NH DHHS - Free Military Culture Training Being Offered for NH Providers 

Concord, NH – On Monday, February 15th, the Riverbend Mental Health Center

will be hosting a military training for New Hampshire service providers

from 9 am – 11:30 am at the Riverbend Mental Health Center, Building #3,

105 Loudon Road, in Concord. The goal of this training is to improve access

and quality of care for New Hampshire veterans, service members and their

families. Topics to be covered include: Understanding Military Culture;

Reintegration Challenges; and Caring for Veterans, Service

Members, and Their Families Who are Living with PTSD and /or TBI.

The training is free and CEU’s are available to participants. For more

information or to register, go to  and select

Currently Scheduled Trainings on the homepage. Registration closes on

February 8th.

This training is conducted by Dare Mighty Things and sponsored by the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

Military Culture Training

Monday, February 15, 2016

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Riverbend Mental Health Center

Building #3

105 Loudon Road

Concord, New Hampshire



NH DHHS - New Hampshire Hospital Awarded Hospital Accreditation and Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission 

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Hospital, the State’s acute psychiatric care

hospital, has received Hospital Accreditation and the Gold Seal of Approval

® from The Joint Commission. New Hampshire Hospital earned the Gold Seal of

Approval® for health care quality and safety by demonstrating continuous

compliance with national performance standards. The Joint Commission, the

Nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in

health care, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care

organizations and programs in the U.S.

“New Hampshire Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint

Commission. The staff provides excellent care and treatment day in and day

out, and the Gold Star of Approval® reflects their efforts,” said Robert J.

MacLeod, DHA, FACHE, CEO of New Hampshire Hospital. “These survey results

are proof of an organization-wide commitment to providing quality care in

order to meet the needs of those who come to us for care. We look forward

to continuing to offer these critical services.”

New Hampshire Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced, on-site survey

over four days in September 2015, conducted by a team of Joint Commission

expert surveyors, including a physician, nurse administrator, and life

safety specialist. The survey team reviewed documents, patient records, and

hospital practices during unit-based tours and meetings with staff and

patients. The survey evaluated compliance with standards related to all

areas of hospital operations, including leadership, planning, human

resources, the provision of care, patient rights, information management,

performance improvement, life safety, and the environment of care. New

Hampshire Hospital uses accreditation for deemed status purposes by meeting

all related hospital conditions of participation in the federal Medicare

and Medicaid programs.

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