Institute On Disability At
University Of New Hampshire Collaborates With NH Department Of Health
And Human Services To Transform Long-Term Care In State
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
Institute on Disability
Sept. 30, 2005
DURHAM, NH – The Institute on Disability at the University
of New Hampshire, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department
of Health and Human Services, will cooperate on a $2,066,699 federal
grant from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services to transform
New Hampshire’s long-term care system for elders.
“These dollars will help elders and people with disabilities
to live in their own homes and communities with the necessary supports
and services. People do not want to go to nursing homes,”
said Jan Nisbet, director of the Institute on Disability (IOD).
She added that while New Hampshire has led the country in community
services and supports for people with developmental disabilities
and mental illnesses, its long-term care system for elders has lagged
and remains disjointed and highly dependent on nursing homes.
To address this, the IOD and the New Hampshire Department of Health
and Human Services have developed a comprehensive Medicaid reform
initiative with strong legislative and consumer support that will:
- Advance the tenets of consumer choice and control by submitting
a new Independence Plus waiver for older adults and adults with
disabilities as well as amendments to existing waivers.
- Rebalance the long-term care system through access to 10 “one-stop
centers” and community services and supports as well as
local community engagement.
- Develop the necessary information and technology infrastructure
to assure self-direction, integration, efficiency, integrity,
Key to this system transformation is New Hampshire’s intent
to expand a nationally relevant model that engages municipalities
in long-term care infrastructure development, including affordable
and accessible housing, transportation, employment, recreation,
and personal assistance and social support. The transformation initiative
will result in:
- The development of a statewide one-stop system through the
Service Link Resource Centers (SLRC) designed to reach 2700 people.
- A 30 percent increase in the number of referrals to and placement
in home- and community-based services using Rapid Response Community
teams and new community service models.
- A minimum of 20 engaged, accessible, and inclusive communities
committed to supporting elders and people with disabilities.
- Person-centered planning and individual budgets available to
an additional 400 individuals with mental illness, older adults,
and developmental disabilities.
- Information technology strategies that support the shift from
a provider-driven system to a consumer-driven system.
The mission of the IOD is to advance policies and system changes,
promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities
and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for
all persons. Established in 1987, the IOD is a University Center
for Excellence on Disability (UCED).