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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
 

NHCarePath's new e-newsletter

NHCarePath Leadership at DHHS will be utilizing Mail Chimp to send out communications to NHCarePath Partners including informational updates, memos and announcements, meeting communications, etc. All NHCarePath messages will be posted to the NHCarePath website on the Partner Resources Outreach Page. 
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Next Meeting:  May 10, 2017 at the Audubon Society

NHCarepathlogoNHCarePath Partner Meeting
Registration Link:  https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=24018
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Times: 1:30pm–3:30pm
Location: NH Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord NH (Free on-site parking. Carpooling is encouraged.)

Please RSVP by Noon on Friday, May 5th!


AGENDA

  • Announcements
  • Assistive Technology New Hampshire (ATinNH)
  • Streamlined Access To Public Programs
  • Updates:  
  • Medicaid Transitions
  • Managed LTSS

Regional Partner Referral Contacts Listing

Stay up to date and connect with our partners.

View the most recent listing.
In the news.

Melissa Mandrell, This Year’s NH NASW Social Worker of the Year


The Center on Aging and Community Living has been a long time partner in NH’s No Wrong Door System of Access Work.  We congratulate Melissa on her award and thank her for work with ServiceLink and NHCarePath over the years.  

One of CACL’s project directors, Melissa Mandrell, was chosen to receive the honor of NH Chapter NASW Social Worker of the Year. She was selected because of her dedication to social work practice and commitment to social justice. In her professional work Melissa is passionate about all people, particularly older adults and individuals with disabilities. Through systems level work, Melissa strives to support the dignity, worth, and equity of all people by changing policy and structures. Melissa has worked on multiple Aging and Disability Resource Center Grants with the NH Department of Health and Human Services to support the ServiceLink Resource Centers (SLRC) statewide, often citing the need for continuing peer support for ServiceLink staff. Melissa recognized that these front line workers were experiencing burnout and advocated for a peer support system to be put into place. This structure has now been a part of the SLRC network for over five years, and was recently recognized in a national AARP report.

Melissa has also participated in the growth and development of UNH’s Center on Aging and Community Living since its inception. She has been integral to the daily operations of CACL and continues to help CACL thrive.
No wrong doors logoNo Wrong Door: Person- and Family-Centered Practices in Long-Term Services and Supports

On March 20, 2017, The AARP Public Policy Institute in collaboration with The Lewin Group and the U.S. Administration for Community Living released No Wrong Door: Person- and Family-Centered Practices in Long-Term Services and Supports and Checklist.

No Wrong Door Systems involve several organizations including Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, and state agencies such as Medicaid agencies and state units on aging. This paper provides concrete examples of how seven No Wrong Door Systems are promoting person- and family-centered practice. This resource includes a toolkit of resources and contacts for states to learn more and replicate these practices. A checklist also provides a roadmap for states to ensure that No Wrong Door Systems operate in a person- and family-centered way.

This paper is the first in a series of promising practices and emerging innovations reports. This series is a new feature of the upcoming, 3rd Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard. The LTSS Scorecard measures state-level performance of LTSS systems that assist older people, adults with disabilities, and their family caregivers.
 
To learn more, click here.

Union Leader Focuses on Aging


Silver Linings logoA year-long Union Leader series about aging in New Hampshire.  The Granite State is now the second-oldest state in the nation, and the aging population will have a huge impact on the economy. Many say the state is not ready to meet the needs of our growing senior population when it comes to transportation, housing, and health care. 
 
 
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind program aimed at connecting veterans with mental health treatment and other resources in New Hampshire is raising lots of questions, and that's just what it set out to do.  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-hampshire/articles/2017-03-26/mental-health-centers-connect-new-hampshire-veterans
Resources and Tools
Granite State Independent Living, in partnership with information from 211NH, NHCarePath, and ServiceLink has created accessible transportation services and a resource directory to share with partners.  A one-page overview of GSIL Transportation Services as well as a comprehensive listing of accessible transportation resources by county.  Read more: https://www.nhcarepath.dhhs.nh.gov/resources/newsletter-docs.htm

New Flyer Promoting Grandparent Support Available 

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Please share with other NHCarePath Partner staff and Key Referral Sources.  For more information about the NH Family Caregiver Program visit the Caregiver Corner located on the ServiceLink website.  Download the flyer now.

Cross-Border Conversations on Caregiving!


The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) held three opportunities to engage in cross-border conversations on caregiving in November, 2016. Each regional event brought people together to focus on informal family caregiving from a multifaceted point of view. Care partners, community providers, researchers, policy experts and municipal, business and community leaders sat at the same tables to share information on the resources, policies and tools that currently support care partners and helped build a road-map for collective action to address the many challenges they still face.

Read more about these vital conversations.

Profile of Older Americans: 2016


The Administration for Community Living has released its annual summary of the latest stats on the older population. Covering 15 topical areas, it highlights important trends and information about the people you serve.
 

Brush up on the importance of oral health


Smiling coupleSeniors have 3 big reasons to prioritize oral hygiene, says Dr. Leonard Brennan, who is back with another blog post about the ways oral health is connected to aging. Read the post and use the free resources it provides as you help older adults stay healthy.

Read the post.

 

New Report Outlines Older Americans' Behavioral Health NeedsNCMHA Logo


The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) is pleased to release a report called, “Integrating Older Adult Behavioral Health into Long-term Care Rebalancing: Opportunities and Recommendations for Funders.” 

The report is the culmination of a project funded by the Retirement Research Foundation to work collaboratively with state coalitions to identify opportunities for better addressing the mental health needs of older Americans in long-term services and supports.  The report outlines behavioral health needs in long-term care, notes key incentives for change, summarizes various rebalancing efforts and their relationship to behavioral health, and provides recommendations for how funders, both states and managed care organizations, can improve behavioral health care for older individuals in long-term care.

Please disseminate the report widely among your networks.
Education and Training Opportunities

Children and Families Collaboration Conference
May 25, 2017

 
Happy youngster This conference will increase attendees' knowledge on how to access services, promote understanding about what is happening in the community, and what knowledge is needed to navigate the systems and connect families with services. There will be an opportunity to interact with various State agency staff and contractors to increase your knowledge and network.

Learn more about this year's conference.

Know the Laws and Protect Yourself


Poverty Law - The Basics: Some New Hampshire residents rely on programs like Supplemental Security Income for long time periods. Other people in our state find themselves suddenly needing to rely on anti-poverty programs as a result of illness, job loss, or divorce.

New Hampshire attorneys must be able to help their clients, friends, and neighbors navigate the anti-poverty programs which can make real difference in people’s lives. This full-day program will provide you with the basic information you need to understand the many government programs and services available to low-income individuals. Field experts will review eligibility criteria and appeal rights for federal, state and local assistance programs and provide practical tips on how to access these benefits.

Sign up today.

The 13th Annual New Hampshire Mental Health Symposium
May 10, 2017

the mental health center of greater manchester logoWhy does one person overcome adversity while another falls into helplessness? Resilience is a crucial ingredient – perhaps the crucial ingredient – to a happy, healthy life.

In this fast-paced, interactive, and fun presentation, Dr. Andrew Shatté will lead you on a tour of the big questions in the psychology of resilience. More than anything else, resilience is what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us  down, from battling an illness or bolstering  a  marriage  to  carrying  on  after  a  national  crisis. 

Learn more about the symposium.

Presenter:  Andrew Shatté, Ph.D.
  • A fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Executive Education
  • Former professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Currently a research professor in the College of Medicine
    at the University of Arizona
 
           CLICK to view 18 minute Ted Talk by Andrew Shatté. Or go to:http://andrewshatte.com/speaking.html
 
Location: SERESC Conference Center in Bedford, NH
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 Next Meeting:  May 10, 2017 at the Audubon Society

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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