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Statewide Transition Plan Public Hearing
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 03:00pm - 05:00pm
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New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) intends to submit a Statewide Transition Plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to detail its assessment and remediation plan for ensuring that New Hampshire’s Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are provided in settings whose qualities meet new federal requirements, which became effective March 17, 2014. All states are required to develop a plan to show how they will establish compliance with the new regulations. Four public hearings will be held in February – on Wednesday, February 17 from 3-5 p.m. in Keene – to allow public input. All public comments are due by midnight, March 5, 2016. Stakeholders – families, providers, professionals – are encouraged to inform themselves and provide input, if possible.

Public Hearing #4
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
3:00 – 5:00pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431
To attend by webinar, please register at:https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=19166

Click here to read Draft Statewide Transition Plan

Click here to read Draft Statewide Transition Plan Appendix

 

Summary of Draft Statewide Transition Plan

The regulations do not specifically define HCBS settings; rather they describe the required qualities of Medicaid-funded HCBS settings. The regulations require that the “community-like” settings be defined by the nature and quality of the experiences of the individual receiving services and applies to both residential and day services settings.

The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that HCBS recipients are able to live in and have opportunities to access their community as well as to receive services in the most integrated settings. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and participate in the community just as people who live in the community, but who do not receive HCBS, do.

New Hampshire has drafted a Statewide Transition Plan to show how it will establish compliance with these new regulations. New Hampshire’s draft Statewide Transition Plan includes several sections:

1) Inventory – review of existing state standards, policies, regulations, and statute to determine state level changes that are needed to align with the federal requirements,

2) Assessment – Development, implementation and validation of assessments completed by providers and participants including remediation plans and the role of the Advisory Task Force,

3) Ongoing Monitoring and Compliance.

Hard copies of the Statewide Transition Plan can be picked-up at NH Department of Health and Human Services, 129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building, Concord, NH 03301-3857.

To learn more about home and community based care residential settings requirements, please visit the CMS website: www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Supports/Home-and-Community-Based-Services/Home-and-Community-Based-Services.html

Opportunity for Public Input

Public comments may be submitted until midnight on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Comments may be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail to Deborah Fournier, NH Department of Health and Human Services, 129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building, Concord, NH 03301-3857.

The State will host four public hearings during the public comment period. For those who choose to attend via the webinar, the links displayed below include information about joining the webinar by computer and/or by phone. Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers or telephone. Instructions are included after registering for the webinar.

Public Hearing #1
Thursday, February 11, 2016
9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Portsmouth Public Library
Levenson Community Room
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
To attend by webinar, please register at: 
https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=19167

Public Hearing #2
Friday, February 12, 2016 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Littleton Regional Health Care
600 St. Johnsbury Road
Littleton, NH 03561
To attend by webinar, please register at:
https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=19168

Public Hearing #3
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
New Hampshire Hospital Association
125 Airport Road, Room 1
Concord, NH 03301
To attend by webinar, please register at:
https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=19157

Public Hearing #4
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
3:00 – 5:00pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431
To attend by webinar, please register at:
https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=19166