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Wednesday
Oct012014

NH DHHS - DCSS Announces Changes in Systems

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

(DHHS) Division of Child Support Services is switching over to a new

computer system. The transfer begins today and will continue through

Monday October 6, 2014. During this time, staff will not be able to access

any Child Support records, but will still be available by phone and in the

District Offices for all scheduled appointments and hearings as usual.

Voice Response will continue to be available at 1-800-371-8844 with payment

information through September 30, 2014. Staff will be able to access the

new system starting Tuesday October 7th. Voice Response is scheduled to

provide up-to-date payment information Wednesday, October 8th. Your

patience and understanding is appreciated as DCSS upgrades to a more

efficient computer system.

Tuesday
Sep302014

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.

Saturday
Sep272014

NH DHHS - Celebrating Forty Years of WIC Services in New Hampshire

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014

WHERE: Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH



TIME: 8:00 a.m.







The New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program will be holding an event to



celebrate 40 years of WIC services in New Hampshire. A daylong event will



be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord starting at 8:00 AM



and ending at 4:15 PM. Approximately 90 WIC staff at the State and local



offices will be attending. The program will include a morning welcome from



the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas



and a lunchtime congratulations from Kurt Messner, the USDA Northeast



Regional Administrator. Confirmed dignitaries include U.S. Representative



Ann McLane Kuster, who will speak in the morning, and a representative from



Governor Margaret Hassan’s office, who will present a WIC 40th Anniversary



proclamation. Awards will be presented to State and local WIC agency staff



with 25 or more years of service and to grocery stores in the State that



have accepted WIC vouchers for the entire 40 years

Saturday
Sep272014

NH DHHS - Enterovirus-D68 Identified in New Hampshire

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

(DHHS) is confirming the first cases in the State of Enterovirus-D68

(EV-D6), a respiratory virus that is spreading across the United States.

Two children from Hillsborough County have been identified as having the

virus. They were briefly hospitalized but have since been discharged

without reported complications. The confirmatory results came from the New

York State Department of Health Labs today. DHHS continues to monitor the

situation and is offering assistance to healthcare providers and hospitals

in testing for the virus if needed.



Approximately 40 states have now reported cases of EV-D68 which mainly is

affecting children. The illness appears to be causing a respiratory illness

including difficulty breathing and wheezing. Some patients, but not all,

also have a fever. Those with a history of asthma or wheezing may be at an

increased risk for complications requiring hospitalization.



“This is a concerning finding but unfortunately not an unexpected one,”

said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “We have been

watching out for the arrival of EV-D68 and doing testing and will continue

to monitor for it closely. People who have asthma, especially children, are

encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications.”



There are many types of Enteroviruses, and EV-D68 is one strain that has

not been commonly reported previously. Most people infected with an

Enterovirus experience no or few symptoms. There is no vaccine to prevent

EV-D68 infections and the treatment is supportive. Those with a history of

asthma or wheezing should take any prescribed medications as instructed and

closely follow their asthma action plan. New Hampshire residents can help

protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by:

· Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

· Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with

people who are sick.

· Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs,

especially if someone is sick.

· Stay home from school and work if you are ill to avoid infecting

others.



For more information about EV-D68, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov  or

the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov .

Wednesday
Sep242014

NH DHHS - New Hampshire “Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow”

NH Observance Falls Prevention Awareness

Day



Concord, NH –New Hampshire is joining other states and the national Falls

Free™ Coalition Tuesday, in observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day

which is held on the first day of fall, September 23, 2014. This year’s

theme, Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about

how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.



“It’s important to raise awareness about this issue, as falls and injuries

from falls are a serious health threat to our older adults and they are

preventable,” said New Hampshire Public Health Director Dr. José Montero.

“As our population ages, it’s important for all sectors involved in the

health of our seniors to realize that they play a role in helping our

seniors age better. This includes aging safely by encouraging healthy

behaviors such as being active, eating a balanced diet and taking

medications safely, all of which play a role in fall prevention.”



Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for New

Hampshire residents age 65 and older. Approximately 105 people in New

Hampshire die every year due to some sort of fall. Through the New

Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force, the State and its partners have

been implementing falls reduction initiatives for over a decade.



New Hampshire’s activities have grown from one centralized event during the

first awareness day in 2008 to observances across the state this year.

Some examples of community events include a film on falls and discussion

panel, balance screens, community based classes in evidence based falls

reduction programs such as Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for

Better Balance and more.



There are a number of things everyone can do to help prevent falls include:

1. Increase your physical activity. Simple exercise, like walking or

swimming at least 15 minutes a day can help build muscle strength and

improve balance, which can prevent falls. Exercise programs such as

Tai Chi that increase strength and improve balance are especially

good.

2. See your eye doctor once a year. Age-related eye diseases, such as

cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, can

increase the risk of falling. Early detection is key to minimizing

the effects of these conditions.

3. Review your medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the

medicines you are taking and ask whether they may cause drowsiness or

dizziness. Discuss things you can do to ensure you are taking your

medicines safely.

4. Remove environmental hazards. Look around the house for anything that

could increase the risk of falls, including poor lighting, loose

rugs, slippery floors, and unsteady furniture. Remove or modify these

hazards.



For more information about the Falls Free™ Coalition or Falls Prevention

Awareness Day visit

http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-prevention/

. For more information about falls prevention and a list of events taking

place visit: http://www.nhfalls.org or

http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html. To

learn about the Division of Public Health Services, Injury Prevention

Program visit: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/injury.htm.


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