Disability in New Hampshire

Disability is handled by the Department of Health and Human Services, but under that area are several different programs that can help individuals if they become disabled.  These programs offer more than just the standard income a person with a disability in New Hampshire is entitled to.

Behavior Health

This program focuses on providing assistance to anyone with mental illnesses, including children.  They operate community mental health centers across the state that feature full service clinics, therapy, and more.  They also have partner agencies that assist individuals over 18 in recovery and management of their mental disability.  These agencies all work towards the main program goal of seamlessly integrating those with mental illnesses in to society.

Cash for the Disabled

The Cash for the Disabled program is the part of DHHS that actually supplies supplementary income to those with a disability in New Hampshire.  If eligible, the program will support those over 65, those with permanent disability, and those who are blind.  The payments are distributed electronically into the individuals bank account and can be used via debit card or check.

Elderly Services

This area exists to offer support to those New Hampshire residents who are over the age of 60 or under 60 and have a disability.  If an individual qualifies for disability, they may be able to receive meals delivered to their homes, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and even financial support for assisted living homes.  The program also offers legal support and advocacy for those with a disability in New Hampshire.

Family Assistance

The family assistance program works to make certain that anyone with a disability in New Hampshire can support their family.  They manage the New Hampshire food stamp program, employment and training programs, child care assistance, emergency assistance, and some medical coverage for both adults and children in the family.

Medicaid Program and Special Medical Services

For those who must regularly visit the doctor in order to live with their disability, the Medicaid program offers payment for exams, preventative medication, personal care attendants, vision and dental exams, pregnancy and giving birth, and more.  In addition to this coverage, a special medical department also exists.  This area focuses on the health needs of children with disabilities and adults with major illnesses such as cancer, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis.  It may provide funds for a full time caregiver and long-term medical treatments.

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