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Welcome to the January 2018 NHCarePath e-newsletter


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Wendi's SignatureWendi 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
 
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Announcements

Personnel News:


Wendi Aultman appointed BEAS Chief


WendiI am pleased to announce that I have appointed Wendi Aultman to the position of Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), effective November 24, 2017 … read more about Wendi

NH Department of Health and Human Services Announces Establishment of New Division of Long Term Supports and Services


New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers has announced the creation of the Division of Long Term Supports and Services. The new Division will include the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), the Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS), and Special Medical Services (SMS). This new Division will serve individuals from birth through the lifespan, ensuring comprehensive and coordinated services throughout a person’s life.

“Given the State’s current demographics and anticipating the future needs of our aging and disability population groups, I believe the new Division will integrate the services we offer these vulnerable populations,” said Commissioner Meyers. “We recognize the similarities and differences among these bureaus and believe that by bringing them together under one Division, we can strengthen the services and supports we provide our residents.”

Read more.

Thomas O’Conner hired to be the Administrator of ServiceLink and NHCarePath
 

I am pleased to announce that Thomas (Thom) O’Connor has accepted our offer for the position of BEAS Administrator I for ServiceLink and NHCarePath (No Wrong Door System of Access for LTSS).  Thom will start his transition on January 19, 2018.  I am excited for NHCarePath Partners to meet Thom.  

Thom has been with DHHS sine 2003 where he has had various roles within DCYF locally at District Offices in Portsmouth and Rochester as a Field Worker & Permanency Supervisor, as well as, Concord State Office.  Since 2013, he has been working here in Concord at State office for DCYF in the role of Managing their Central Registry, being the Deputy Compact Administrator for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles, writing policy, managing contracts for DCYF support programs and certifying all community based in-home programs as a Program Specialist IV for Community & Family Supports. 

New No Wrong Door Website Launched


No Wrong Door LogoThe Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced the launch of its new No Wrong Door (NWD) website which recently underwent significant changes. The website is still a work in progress, and more information and resources will become available soon. Check out the new website here: https://nwd.acl.gov/

They welcome any suggestions you have for improvement. Please feel free to share any products, activities, and/or consumer impact stories that could be showcased on the website. We hope you enjoy using this new site. Thank you for all of your collective work on NWD!

ASK THE QUESTION is front and center right on the home page, and when you go to the link it provides a landing page for accessing many different resources and information about LTSS for veterans and a feature page for NH’s Ask the Question efforts.  How great is that.  In addition there is an overview of the Veterans Directed HCBS program.

Consumer Booklet Available on NHCarePath Website
 

New BookletThe Planning for Medicaid Changes:  Youth to Adulthood (Ages 18-19) Consumer Booklet is now available on the NHCarePath Website.  Printed version will become available later this winter.  

This guide has been developed with the goal of providing information and guidance for youth and their families who:
  • Are exploring Medicaid coverage options at ages 18-19
  • Are planning for Medicaid coverage changes for a youth approaching adult age.
Read the booklet now.

REAP Releases New Brochure

REAP
The Referral, Education, Assistance and Prevention program program is managed by BDAS, New Hampshire Housing, the DHHS Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, the DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health and NH’s 10 Community Mental Health Centers and supports older adults in a number of ways by providing home visits.

The new brochure will be available in spring 2018 and electronic versions are available now. Contact Randy Moser to reserve copies.

Visit the REAP page today or download the brochure.

In the News

Laughter — and family — helps mom with Alzheimer's

By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

Silver Lining LogoWhen it came to Thanksgiving this year with the Broderick family, the main course being dished out was a whole lot of jokes with a hearty side of laughter.

Ruth Broderick, 75, was certainly the ringleader, serving up as many loving barbs as her daughter, Alice, and son, Pat. The banter back and forth among the three is infectious — and serves to prove that laughter is truly the best medicine.

Ruth Broderick learned she had Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. It was a devastating diagnosis, but the family is committed to providing every moment of her care — and they are doing it by enjoying each other and laughing.

Read more.

A big payoff: Little-known Medicare lawsuit may bring help to millions

Lawsuit
By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

Dick Spero of Salem is an 80-year-old who wears an impish smile on his face, a cross on his chest, and a vest holding a life-saving device that keeps blood pumping through his heart 24 hours a day.

The LVAD, an artificial heart of sorts, has been keeping Spero alive for four years. But two years ago, it nearly killed him when it threw a clot to his brain, causing three debilitating strokes. There was a tear to his brain when the clot was removed. His wife, Nora, described him as “just a little better than a vegetable.”

Doctors told Nora it would be a year of recuperation, but the year came and went, and he wasn’t getting any better.

“I couldn’t even hold a phone,” Dick said.

Read more.

Silver Linings: Famed NH inventor helping older people stay on their feet

Inventor helps old people stay on their feetBy GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

Sam Asano has changed the way many do business by inventing things like the small office fax machine and the electronic pad people sign when they use their credit cards.

But now the Portsmouth man named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century is using his creativity to help older people live more safely.

Asano’s company UmeLink Inc. is expected to go to market next year with foam shoe inserts that detect when a person falls and notifies authorities if a person needs help. He said it will replace those alert buttons worn around the neck.

He said that type of technology “has not progressed in years” even though falls have become the leading cause of injury and death for Americans 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older person falls every second in the United States, and the associated annual cost to Medicare is estimated to be over $31  

Read the story.

Learn about:

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•    Offering ABLE Accounts to Granite Staters with disabilities
•    Tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses
•    Save and invest without losing federal needs-based benefits
•    Electronic flyer and Powerpoint for the STABLE NH program is found on our website        

Education and Training Opportunities

Free Person-Centered Training Available


Person-centered training ACL is pleased to offer free access to Course 1 of the Person-Centered Counseling Training Program Person-centered counseling (PCC) allows individuals to be engaged in the decision making process about their options, preferences, values and financial resources

Visit the course site

* This training is typically the pre-requisite to face-to-face training for Person-Centered Planning and I would recommend this be offered to many if not all of our internal teams working in and around LTSS including areas like DCS LTC, CFI Case Managers, Social Service Contract Providers.  ACL has also posted a short 2 min. video of System Centered vs. Person Centered. 

Person-Centered Provider Toolkit Offered

CACL created a toolkit to educate medical providers on the importance of providing person-centered care. The toolkit includes a tip sheet for providers to display and a 4 minute video that teaches providers how to better provide person-centered care to their patients by taking a team approach, supporting choice, and communicating effectively. The video includes a short vignette about “Robin” and her person-centered care team.

Watch the video now.

Building Capacity to Serve Older Adults with Mental Health Conditions


Please join us, the National I&R Support Center will host a webinar on Building Capacity to Serve Older Adults with Mental Health Conditions. This webinar is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018, from  3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET.

I&R/A professionals across the country are receiving more calls for assistance from individuals with mental health conditions, often in conjunction with other complex needs. At the same time, mental health services are among the most frequently reported unmet service needs.

Join this webinar to learn more about serving older adults with mental health conditions and capacity-building initiatives for this population. Our presenter, Jocelyn Chen Wise, serves as Project Director at the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, an initiative of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Emory University. As Project Director, Jocelyn provides support for community projects including the Fuqua Center's work in affordable senior housing, and she serves as a social worker in the outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic to assist individuals and families navigating mental health and aging resources. Real-time captioning will be provided for this webinar.

Learn more.
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This is an education and training resource guide published by the NH Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Developmental Services.

Download a poster of upcoming trainings now. This calendar can also be accessed through NH Department of Health & Human Services website at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/documents/trainingcalendar.pdf

Resources and Tools

Center on Aging and Community Living Releases Fall 2017 Newsletter










Check out the fall 2017 Center on Aging and Community Living newsletter today.

Families Build Bridges Together in New Hampshire


Family Support Services are an integral part of New Hampshire’s Substance Use Disorder recovery support system. These grassroots groups operate throughout the granite state, from small towns to large cities.

These groups offer parents, caregivers, and siblings a safe space to share real stories and hear from others who have often experienced the same challenges. This network of support can make a lasting difference to families looking for information or feeling alone and that support, in turn, builds family resiliency that can help people experiencing a substance use disorder themselves find a path towards recovery.   

Connect with a New Hampshire family support group today. You are not alone.

New Hampshire Survivors of Suicide Loss Newsletter Now Online


In this issue: 
  • NAMI New Hampshire SurvivorVoices Speakers Bureau
  • SOSL Support Groups in NH
  • Connor’s Climb Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Event highlights
  • Suicide Prevention and Postvention Training
  • NH Survivor of Suicide Loss Annual Calendar
  • Much more!

Download the newsletter today!


 

Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard Caregivers Promising Practices: 

Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers

This emerging innovations paper highlights examples of how progressive managed care plans are supporting family caregivers who are caring for plan members with long-term services and supports needs. This paper is the first ever to provide insights directly from managed care leaders about family caregiver supports.

Read more.

Culturally Effective Organization


Organizations are made up of people and people bring cultural diversity to the workplace. Diversity can encompass many facets, including, but not limited to, gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and disability. Many organizations are interested in meeting the needs of all people and are exploring ways to make their organizations more culturally responsive.

Read more.
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New Hampshire Children’s Trust is leading the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating. We invest in evidence-based prevention strategies focusing on expectant families and children from birth through age 8. Together, we can make significant strides in building a New Hampshire where all children grow up free from abuse and neglect.

Learn more.

Event puts NH's Aging Workforce on Display    

By Bob Sanders

Most discussions addressing the shortage of workers focus on Millennials. The Nov. 9 Winning Workforce Strategies event – a collaboration of NH Business Review and the NH Center for Public Policy Studies – dealt with Millennials too, but also looked at those at the other end of the age spectrum.

“People don’t just drop off the cliff once they reach 65,” said Todd Fahey, state director for the American Association of Retired Persons.

And it’s a good thing they don’t. Because while the number of young people in the state is decreasing, the number of those reaching retirement age is growing, and that’s bad news for an economy that desperately needs not only bodies, but bodies with skills, according to the opening presentation by Greg Bird, economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies.

Held at the Manchester Country Club, the room was packed with human resources professionals desperately trying to hire in this full-employment state.

Read more.

Exploring tips for engaging veterans


Our new tip sheet features proven strategies from community-based organizations for establishing partnerships, conducting outreach, and planning programs to engage veterans from your community in evidence-based programs.

Read and share.

 

CDC Offers new App


Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.  From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

Features:
  • Add a Child – enter personalized information about your child or multiple children
  • Milestone Tracker – track your child’s developmental progress by looking for important milestones using an interactive, illustrated checklist
  • Milestone Photos and Videos – know what each milestone looks like so that you can better identify them in your own child
  • Tips and Activities – support your child’s development at every age
  • When to Act Early – know when it’s time to “act early” and talk with your child’s doctor about developmental concerns
  • Appointments – keep track of your child’s doctors’ appointments and get reminders about recommended developmental screenings
  • Milestone Summary – get a summary of your child’s milestones to view, and share with or email to your child’s doctor and other important care providers.
Learn more.

 

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital


Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital is a guide that providers can use to give patients the information they need to help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital.

Learn more or download the guide now.

2017 Senior Report
 

America’s Health Rankings® and America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report were built upon the World Health Organization definition of health:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Our model reflects that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes, with determinants accounting for three-quarters and outcomes accounting for one-quarter of each state’s overall score and ranking. Four categories of determinants are included in our model of health: Behaviors, Community & Environment, Policy, and Clinical Care.

Read more.


Check out the BDAS Brief eNewsletter for information about services available to people with a Substance Use Disorder.

New on the NHCarePath Website

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.
 

Statewide Meetings in SFY 18

Dates:  Note New Date for Fall meeting!
  • February 14, 2018 at the Audubon Society
  • May 9,  2018 at the Audubon Society
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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
 
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