What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in New Hampshire?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in New Hampshire? New Hampshire has several waivers including:

  • Individuals with DD;
  • In Home Supports For Children With DD;
  • BDS Acquired Brain Disorder Services;
  • Home and Community Based Care for the Elderly and Chronically Ill

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in New Hampshire ? The Department of Health and Human Services handles the Medicaid waiver program in New Hampshire.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in New Hampshire? The NH developmental services system offers individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders a wide range of supports and services within their own communities. BDS is comprised of a main office in Concord and 10 designated non-profit area agencies that represent specific geographic regions of NH.

What is the best number to call to get started? Start by calling (603) 225-4153. Ask to be referred to the area office closest to you. You can also call the Department of Health and Human Services (800) 852-3345.

Is there a website? http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in New Hampshire? "Developmental disability" is defined in New Hampshire as a disability: (a) Which is attributable to an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or a specific learning disability, or any other condition of an individual found to be closely related to an intellectual disability as it refers to general intellectual functioning or impairment in adaptive behavior or requires treatment similar to that required for persons with an intellectual disability; and (b) Which originates before such individual attains age 22, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and constitutes a severe disability to such individual's ability to function normally in society.

Are there income limits to receive services in New Hampshire? Individuals requesting services through Home and Community-Based Care for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBC-DD) or Home and Community-Based Care for Individuals with an Acquired Brain Disorder (HCBC-ABD) who meet the categorically-needy or medically-needy financial eligibility requirements for any category of financial or medical assistance, have no cost of care liability.

How old do you have to be to start receiving services? Both children and adults are eligible for waiver services.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list in New Hampshire ? You could wait a year or more for services since services are not provided on a "first come, first serve" basis. People with the most need get services first. When funding does not exist to provide the services needed, the Service Coordinator will submit the person's name to be placed on New Hampshire's Wait List.

How many people are on the waiting list in New Hampshire ? There were 25 people waiting for services in 2012.

How many people are currently receiving services in New Hampshire? There are over 4,500 people receiving waiver services in New Hampshire.

What assistance is available while you wait? There are community grants you can apply for.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? Yes.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in New Hampshire? Under the DD, IHS and ABD waivers a person can receive a wide variety of services through an individual services plan (ISP). Services may include service coordination (CM), comprehensive residential and day supports, day activities or supported employment, personal care services, respite, environmental modifications and assisted technology. Both the DD and ABD are administered by the Division of Developmental Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.

What services are available to people living in the family home in New Hampshire? People living in the family home are eligible for services such as respite care and service coordination.

Does New Hampshire state offer community group homes? New Hampshire offers Residential Services. Assisted living, group home, and Micro-Community are options.

Does New Hampshire offer supported living? New Hampshire offers services to assist you to live in your own home.

Are there still state owned institutions in New Hampshire? There are no state institutions to seclude those with developmental disabilities in New Hampshire.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do providers work for the state in New Hampshire? No, providers do not work for the state.

About how many providers are there in the state of New Hampshire ? There are about 75 provider agencies in New Hampshire.

Do you have a choice in providers? Area agencies have a responsibility to involve individuals and families in designing their own services and selecting their own providers.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Is There A Fee to become a provider in New Hampshire? There is not a fee to become a provider. To become an authorized vendor to the State of New Hampshire, register by completing the Online Vendor Registration process. If you have questions, you can email them to prchweb@nh.gov

Additional Information

All developmental services offered are provided by contractual agreement between Bureau of Developmental Services and designated non-profit area agencies located throughout NH.

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Advocates Inc. (508) 628-6300
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Provides Day Services, Employment Services, & Residential Services


Life Visions (603) 382-0038
Serving New Hampshire
Provides Community Support Services, Consumer Directed Services, Day Services, Employment Services, & Residential


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