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Tuesday
Aug252015

NH DHHS - Alternative Treatment Centers Public Meetings Scheduled in Manchester and Rochester

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed location of therapeutic

cannabis cultivation sites in Manchester and Rochester, New Hampshire are

scheduled. A meeting in Manchester will be held on August 28 and there will

be one in Rochester on September 1.



New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573, relative to the use of

cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573

(RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. RSA 126-X creates an

exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of

cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The New

Hampshire Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the

program within the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.



After the June 2015 selection of the Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs)

to operate in Regions 1–4, DHHS has worked with the selected applicants and

the local governing body of the towns and cities in which they would like

to operate. Part of the process is to solicit the input of the municipal or

town residents as well as that of prospective patients and caregivers

relative to safety and other local concerns and the overall health needs of

qualifying patients.



Temescal Wellness was awarded Geographic Areas 1 & 3, and has proposed

their cultivation location in Manchester. Sanctuary Alternative Treatment

Center was awarded Geographic Area 4, and has proposed its cultivation site

in Rochester. The two new meetings are scheduled as follows.



Friday, August 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm

Manchester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum

Manchester City Hall

One City Hall Plaza

Manchester, NH



Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Rochester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum

Rochester City Hall, Council Chambers

31 Wakefield Street

Rochester, NH

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Friday
Aug212015

NH DHHS - Pease Phase II Testing 

NH DHHS Resumes Testing for Individual Who Consumed Contaminated Water on

Pease Tradeport



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

(DHHS) is resuming the testing program for people who may have consumed

drinking water on the Pease Tradeport that was contaminated with

perfluorochemicals (PFCs). PFCs are man-made chemicals that are present in

many household and industrial products. The resumed testing program will

run from now through October 16th, by which time all participants should

have their blood drawn.



In May 2014, PFCs were found at elevated levels in the Haven well at the

Pease Tradeport, which is a former U.S. Air Force base. The well was shut

down immediately by the City of Portsmouth. In response to concerns

regarding the contamination, DHHS conducted a blood testing program to

measure individuals’ PFC levels from April-June 2015, with more than 450

individuals tested. DHHS is resuming the testing program for the next two

months in an effort to provide opportunities to individuals who were unable

to participate in testing last spring.



Individuals interested in participating should call the DHHS Public Inquiry

Line at 603-271-9461603-271-9461 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to sign up.

Those who have previously called and put their name on the list to be

tested do not need to call again as DHHS will send them the paperwork to

begin the testing process.



The testing is being offered as a public service at the request of the

affected community. The science around PFCs is emerging, but as of now,

there is insufficient scientific information to know whether PFCs cause

health problems in people. Most people have some level of these chemicals

in their blood because PFCs are so pervasive in our environment.



DHHS is providing individuals with their test results as soon as those

results are available. This will be the second and final testing round in

order to allow DHHS to analyze the results and present the community with a

final summary report of the entire PFC Testing Program. DHHS will hold a

public meeting after all the results are back to present the aggregate data

to the Pease Tradeport community.



For more information about the PFC testing program, please visit the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services website at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/investigation-pease.htm.



For more information about the Pease Superfund site and water monitoring,

visit the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services at

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hwrb/fss/superfund/summaries/pease.htm

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To learn more about the water system at Pease, visit the City of Portsmouth

website at http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks/phwn.html.

Thursday
Aug062015

NH DHHS - NH Foster Youth to Convene In Manchester for Independent Living Conference 

Concord, NH – More than 100 youth between 14 and 23 who are currently or

were formerly in State care will participate in Sports: You Miss 100% of

the Shots That You Don’t Take, the 11th annual Teen Conference on Thursday,

August 6, 2015.



Hosted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Division for

Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), the conference is an all-day learning

experience designed to address the unique needs of older adolescents making

the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and independence. The

conference will be held at Manchester Community College in Manchester, New

Hampshire.



This year’s keynote presentation will be provided by Corey, a former youth

in care, who will share his experiences of being in foster care and the

important life lessons he learned along the way. Throughout the day, youth

attendees will participate in educational workshops on how to obtain a

college degree, get a job, choose a career, find permanency, earn and

budget money, be a self-advocate and avoid unhealthy relationships. All

workshops will be co-facilitated by current and former youth in care in

order to incorporate a youth perspective. Attendees will also be able to

play Granite City, a “life on your own” simulation game designed to teach

young people how to access community resources to help overcome obstacles

they may encounter as they transition into adulthood.



The conference will also feature a presentation by DCYF Director Lorraine

Bartlett, a talent show, and key resources to assist youth in foster care.

Co-sponsors of the event include the University of New Hampshire Center for

Professional Excellence in Child Welfare, DCYF’s Adolescent Program and the

NH Youth Voices (DCYF Youth Advisory Board).





EVENT: 11th Annual DCYF Teen Conference

Sports: You Miss 100% of the Shots that

You Don’t Take





WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2015

8:30 AM



WHERE: Manchester Community College

1066 Front Street

Manchester, New Hampshire



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Friday
Jul242015

NH DHHS to Hold Information Session in Rochester for Medicaid Recipients Transitioning into Medicaid Care Management 

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will

hold a public meeting on August 6 in Rochester, New Hampshire, to

help inform Medicaid recipients and providers about the transition into

Medicaid Care Management from a fee-for-service program. The information

session in Rochester will be the 5th meeting this summer hosted by DHHS, in

conjunction with New Hampshire Healthy Families and the Well Sense Health

Plan, to address the move of additional Medicaid-eligible populations into

the Care Management system for their medical services. Medicaid recipients

who could initially opt out of Medicaid Care Management will now be

required to choose one of the two health plans for their medical coverage.



The session is open to the public and is designed to answer client and

provider questions on the transition to Care Management. Topics to be

covered include Continuity of Care, the prior authorization process,

medical and pharmacy benefits, and the transportation program.



The new session will be held:



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Community Partners – Rochester Community

Office

25 Old Dover Road

Rochester, NH

6:00-8:00 PM



Registration is available at the following site:

https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18080. For more

information about

Medicaid Step 2, visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/caremgt/index.htm.


Tuesday
Jul072015

NH DHHS Announces Three New Information Sessions for Medicaid Recipients Transitioning into Medicaid Care Management

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has

announced the dates and locations of three additional public meetings to

help inform Medicaid recipients and providers about the transition into

Medicaid Care Management from a fee-for-service program. DHHS, in

conjunction with New Hampshire Healthy Families and the Well Sense Health

Plan, is holding the information sessions in July to address the move of

additional Medicaid-eligible populations into the Care Management system

for their medical services. Medicaid recipients who could initially opt

out of Medicaid Care Management will now be required to choose one of the

two health plans for their medical coverage.



The sessions are scheduled around the State and are open to the public.

The sessions are designed to answer client and provider questions on the

transition to Care Management. Topics to be covered include Continuity of

Care, the prior authorization process, medical and pharmacy benefits, and

the transportation program.



Registration is available at the following site for the three July

sessions: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18028



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Place: Nashua Community

College (Rm. 150)

505 Amherst St., Nashua

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Place: Littleton

Regional Healthcare

(Conference rooms 1,2,3)

600 St. Johnsbury Road

Time: 2:30-4:30 PM



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Place: Cheshire Medical

Center/Dartmouth Keene

580 Court St., Keene

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM







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