The public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018, will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Department of Health and Human Services, Hazen Auditorium, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold a public hearing on the on the Implementation Plan for Medicaid Care Management - Nursing Facility/Choices for Independence (NF/CFI) has been moved to Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Auditorium, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. (Map)

If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Leslie Melby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-271-9074, no later than March 12, 2018. Every effort will be made to accommodate needs identified with 7 days’ advance notice.

60-Day Comment Period
Comments on the plan may be submitted by 12 noon (Eastern) on Friday, May 4, 2018, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail to:

Leslie Melby
NH Department of Health and Human Services
Attn: Implementation Plan for Medicaid Care Management-NF/CFI
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3857

Background: On June 6, 2016, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 553 instructing the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop an implementation plan for Phase 2 of the Medicaid managed care plan as established in Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 126-A:5, XIX.

SB 553 indicates that nursing facility (NF) and in-home care services provided under the Choices for Independence (CFI) waiver shall not be incorporated into managed care until DHHS has prepared and adopted an implementation plan. Therefore, this implementation plan only addresses the process for transitioning services provided under the CFI waiver and NFs to managed care.

The following year, the legislature enacted Senate Bill 155 (2017 Laws Ch. 258), which requires the Department to incorporate both CFI waiver services and NFs into managed care beginning on July 1, 2019.

Consistent with these legislative directives, New Hampshire intends to expand the current Medicaid Care Management (MCM) program, through a competitive procurement, to integrate long-term services and supports (LTSS) provided by the CFI waiver and those services administered in NFs into the current MCM design. In addition, New Hampshire will further build community capacity and offer additional choice for community-based LTSS by developing the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) throughout the State. A streamlined managed care program that is fully integrated and comprehensive offers individuals simplicity in plan selection and focused coordination on all their care needs versus an individual diagnosis.

Click here to read a copy of the DHHS Implementation Plan (pdf).

project search weblogoDeadline for Project SEARCH applications has been extended to Wednesday, March 14 because of weather delays.

Interested in receiving training for a job? Applications are now being taken for Project SEARCH, a job training program for individuals receiving servcies from MDS and Voc Rehab who are between 20 and 36 years of age, have Medicaid and can be open for the DD Waiver, and want to learn job skills through unpaid internships at CMC/DH in Keene. The skills learned at Project SEARCH have led to jobs in food services, retail, administrative support, health care, recycling and manufacturing.

Applications for the next session (September 2018 - June 2019) are now due by March 14, 2018. Applicants must be receiving Service Coordination from Monadnock Developmental Services, and participants are chosen upon review of completed application packet, reference checks and and interview with the Selection Committee.

     Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Project SEARCH.

     Click here for an overview of Project SEARCH.

     Click here for a Project SEARCH Application form.

     Click here for a Project SEARCH Reference form.

Those eligible and interested should complete the Project SEARCH application and also provide the following documentation:

* Current Individual Education Plan (IEP) including Transition Goals (if under 21) or

* Individual Service Agreement (ISA) if 21 and over

* Resume

* Photo

* Three (3) letters of reference on the Project SEARCH reference form, one from a family member/primary supporter, two from a combination of either school personnel, neighbor, friend, employer or coworker. Click here to download PS Reference form.

* Copies of any vocational assessments or related assessments that provide information on strengths and challenges

Please note that the information provided as part of the application process will be reviewed by staff from Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS), New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock.

If you need more information, contact Sheila Mahon by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 603-352-1304.

Planning for the 2018 Family Support Conference is underway. Over the years, many families from the Monadnock Region have taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity to spend time with family, and to network, to relax and to learn. Registration is now open, and closes on March 26th.

This year, over the weekend of April 27th through 29th, the Family Support Conference will be held at the OMNI Mount Washington Resort. As always the conference will be filled with quality workshops and information. It will be a two-day conference, with workshops starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday around noon. There are also activities occurring on Friday evening for those who choose to come early. There are several changes to the registration format that have occurred this year:

The NH Family Support Conference is moving away from a paper brochure and has moved to having all the conference information on the Family Support Conference website. This information is available at

The conference registration fee includes all workshops, informational sessions and meals for Saturday and Sunday. The meals will include a continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner & breakfast on Sunday. Scholarships may be available from the Family Council to assist in attending this conference. Please call or email Lurleen Morin (352-1304 ext. 243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to find out how to qualify.

The Bureau of Developmental Services at DHHS has released the most recent employment data report for individuals with disabilities across the State of New Hampshire. Click here to download a pdf of the report.