New DHHS division to focus on elderly, developmentally disabled

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 03:59:53 AM. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has announced the creation of a new division dedicated to services for the elderly and developmentally disabled.The Division of Long Term Supports and Services will combine two bureaus under...
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has announced the creation of a new division dedicated to services for the elderly and developmentally disabled. The Division of Long Term Supports and Services will combine two bureaus under the same roof – the Bureau of Developmental Services and the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services – according to a news release Friday. Those two bodies are presently housed under the Division of Community Based Care Services, which also manages the New Hampshire Hospital and Glencliff Home for the Elderly. The decision came in response to New Hampshire’s aging demographics, and the growing prevalence of chronic health conditions and disabilities, according to the release. The new division is meant to serve people “from birth through the lifespan” by offering continuous care from one source, the release added. “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,” DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said in a statement. Leading the new division is Christine Santaniello, the present director of the Bureau of Developmental Services, and former executive director of Lakes Region Community Services, which provides services to those with developmental disabilities. Santaniello called the restructuring an opportunity to allow the department to better target services to family...Read more
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