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Wendi Aultman, Administrator
NHCarePath and NH ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center
129 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301
Ph: (603) 271-9068
Cell:  (603) 724-7983
wendi.aultman@dhhs.nh.gov

May 10, 2017 at the Audubon Society

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In the news.

Older Americans Month 2017

Older Americans Month 2017Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice — one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.
 
This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Let’s amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. Join us as we speak up and out loud for OAM!                                                                                       
 

SUMMER IS COMING:

Study Shows Granite Staters’ Vulnerability in Hot Weather, Prompts New Actions to
Protect Public Health

   
Heat and Health: Understanding Community Risk: 

BeachExtreme heat events are the most common cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. In New Hampshire, the number of heat-related illnesses leading to emergency department (ED) visits increases by approximately 70% at 95°F  compared to 75°F. NH EPHT is working steadfastly with partners across New England and the National Weather Service (NWS) to lower the excessive heat advisory threshold from 100°F to 95°F.

Hot weather can be a serious health risk for seniors! When the temperature rises above 80 degrees, take action to stay cool, hydrated, informed, and healthy.  To Learn more click here.
     
Heat and Health: Understanding Community Risk

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Release Rebalancing Case Studies

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To learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS.

In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings. Each case study focuses on the aspects of the Program that make the state uniquely successful:

Stay informed about Medicaid Managed Care for Long Term Supports and Services

DHHS LogoDHHS has created a page on their website to keep individuals and stakeholder informed about the implementation and planning for the adding Nursing and Choices for Independence Waiver Services Into the New Hampshire Medicaid Care Management Program.
 
The SB 553 webpage is at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/sb553/index.htm

Carfentanil Hits New Hampshire


As you are probably aware, the deadly synthetic opioid carfentanil has arrived in the granite state.

That means all of our jobs just became infinitely more difficult whether you're a treatment provider working against time and the law of odds, a first responder concerned for your own safety, or a active user struggling to find a pathway to recovery before it's too late. 

Governor Sununu gave a press conference about the dangers of the synthetic opioid carfentanil on Wednesday April 26th, following New Hampshire overdose deaths that have been linked to the substance.

Carfentinil vialCarfentanil is an animal tranquilizer that has been used safely by many veterinarians treating very large animals like horses, elephants, and other zoo animals. The substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and can be absorbed through air and skin contact, but there have been no reports of public safety providers exhibiting signs or symptoms of narcotic exposure from carfentanil present on a scene. (Click the image to the left for a full-sized photo showing the relative potency of carfentanil.)

Carfentanil is often cut and sold as heroin or cocaine or pressed into pills. During this process, the drug may not be evenly distributed among the filler, which means that active users may receive all carfentanil at once. (Visualize the vial above filled with both carfentanil and a substance like a laundry detergent or flour.) 
 
Please circulate these additional resources throughout your communities

The DHHS ESU alert
NH Information & Analysis Center's alert
The DEA's alert
The NH carfentinil HAN

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Resources and Tools
What is the true cost of growing older in America?
    
Guide to using the elder indexKnowing the answer to that question, and what resources are needed to prepare for the future, is a challenge faced by researchers, advocates, policymakers, social service providers, and individuals and families alike.

The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) offers a tool to increase this understanding. The  Elder Index present local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels.

Read more.


SSI vs. SSDI: What Are The Benefits and How Do They Differ?

Several benefits programs provide financial assistance to seniors and persons living with disabilities. SSI and SSDI are two of the most common federal programs from the Social Security Administration.

Read more.
 

The Playbook: #BetterCare for People with Complex Needs#Bettercare


In December TSF, along with four other foundations, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement released a curated online platform focused on improving care for adults with complex needs. Learn more.

IOD Annual ReportThe 2016 IOD Annual Report is Now Available

The 2016 IOD Annual Report contains data from the
FY 2016 Report on Scholarly Activity and Engagement
which can be downloaded from the IOD website at: http://iodannualreport.unh.edu/2016IODAnnualReport.pdf

AUTISM AND HEALTH:

A SPECIAL REPORT BY AUTISM SPEAKS
Special Report from Autism Speaks
Advances in Understanding and Treating the Health Conditions that Frequently Accompany Autism.
Autism Speaks has come out with a new in-depth report on autism and Health: Advances in Understanding and Treating Health Conditions that Frequently Accompany Autism. This is something that can be shared with your staff who work with families who have individuals with Autism  or the families themselves  if it is appropriate. Please share the link as you see fit.

National Health Care Fraud Trends

TOffice of Inspector General Sealamala Miles from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services –OIG Office of Investigations recently gave a presentation on national health care fraud trends. This presentation included fraud schemes, pharmacy frauds and more.

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Education and Training Opportunities

Free Military Culture Training

Dare to do might things...Military culture education for civilian providers transforms access to care for those who have served in the military. In a statewide survey, NH veterans let us know that one of the top barriers in receiving care was that they “do not feel understood by the providers who serve them.” Military culture education can bridge that gap, and has the power to transform care by equipping providers with the tools they need to improve rapport, communication, and referral pathways.

On behalf of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Dare Mighty Things is conducting free military culture training for NH Service Providers with the goal of improving access to and quality of care for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

To learn more and register for a free military culture event, click here.

Methods, Models, & Tools

Course Objectives:Objective #1: Understand the impact that existing policies and practices for service planning within human service systems have on individual/family choice, control, and self-efficacy.

Objective #2: Develop basic skills related to facilitating person-centered planning, including competency in:
The Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model as it is used to design consumer-directed planning processes.
  • Graphic facilitation and the use of visual mapping tools to draw out and organize information about an individual’s and family’s personal vision, values, capacities, and needs.
  • Clarifying goals and developing strategic plans, designing individually tailored support networks, and accessing resources within communities and human service systems.
Objective #3: Learn techniques and strategies for managing interpersonal dynamics within planning teams.
Objective #4: Gain a general working knowledge of primary funding sources and ways to creatively combine sources to develop an individualized budget.
Objective #5: Acquire an understanding of the components of service brokering and strategies for negotiating sustainable service agreements.

Learn more.

Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults Offered


The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs will offer a course in Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults on Thursday, June 22nd  from 8:30 to 4:00. The training will be held in the Hartman Union Building at Plymouth State University. There is no charge for the training. To register, contact tom Grinley at Thomas.Grinley@dhhs.nh.gov or 603-271-5045.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Topics Covered:
•             Depression and mood disorders
•             Anxiety disorders
•             Trauma
•             Psychosis
•             Substance Use disorders
•             Delirium and dementia
 
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

AT Maker Events

ATinNH will be hosting FREE Assistive Technology Makers Workshops across the state of New Hampshire. These hands-on workshops will empower participants with the knowledge, skills, tools and materials to create assistive technology solutions in minutes. Over the course of the day-long workshop, participants will fabricate a variety of solutions to support individuals who experience paralysis.

These workshops are brought to you through a grant from the High Impact Innovative Technology Assistance Grant Program through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Participants will fabricate five devices for themselves or to give to someone affected.
The NHCarePath continues to be a valuable resource for those looking for services.  Checkout the resources below.
Substance Use and Disorder Training 

Presentation slideIn this training you will learn about substance use disorders, the continuum of care in New Hampshire, the brain science of addiction, and damaging affects of stigma.
 

Learn more.
Introduction to Serving Individuals with Mental Illness   

In this training you will learn mental health definitions, the structure of services, the value of person-centered language, the affect of stigma and much more.

Learn more.
 
Save the date icon Statewide Meetings in SFY 18,
Dates:  Note New Date for Fall meeting!
  • September 20, 2017 at the Audubon Society
  • February 14, 2018, place TBD
  • May 9,  2018, place TBD
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