New division seeks to coordinate services over lifetimes
Oct. 21, 2017
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services has created a new division to address the state's aging population.
The Division of Long Term Supports and Services is designed to ensure comprehensive and coordinated services throughout a person's life. Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers says it reflects the state's demographics — New Hampshire has the nation's second oldest population in terms of median age — and the reality that people with development disabilities are living longer and children are born with chronic health conditions that will last into adulthood. That means the agency provides services for an increasing number of people beginning in early childhood and continuing through their senior years.
The new division will bring together the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, the Bureau of Developmental Services, and Special Medical Services.