Nick Toumpas http://nhpr.org en DHHS Commissioner Toumpas http://nhpr.org/post/dhhs-commissioner-toumpas <p>You would think that the commissioner of the state’s largest agency has one of the biggest to-do lists of the year, and for Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, you’re probably right. A new year brings new challenges for Toumpas: with Medicaid, there’s the implementation of its managed care program, as well as the continuing debate over its expansion. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy & Faith Meixell 42197 at http://nhpr.org DHHS Commissioner Toumpas Senate Takes A Look At $2 Billion Budget For DHHS http://nhpr.org/post/senate-takes-look-2-billion-budget-dhhs <p></p><p></p><p>Senate budget writers turned their attention Monday to the state’s biggest agency, the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>The proposed budget for DHHS comes in at just more than $2 billion. It seeks to restore the CHINS program and increase payments to hospitals for uncompensated care.</p><p>The budget also lays out $24.5 million over the next two years to shore up the state’s troubled mental health system.</p><p>Senator Lou D’Allesandro questioned if the state can wait that long for a fix.</p><p>Commissioner Nick Toumpas replied there really is no choice.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:07:31 +0000 Todd Bookman 26533 at http://nhpr.org Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/reopening-12-beds-state-hospital-part-plan-improve-mental-health-care <p></p><p></p><p>The state Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to temporarily reopen 12 beds at the state’s psychiatric hospital.</p><p>The state now needs to find more than $2 million to cover the cost.</p><p>Mental health advocates say the plan to add beds at New Hampshire Hospital is an encouraging first step in addressing long waiting lists for treatment.</p><p>But Ken Norton with the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill&nbsp;says there is still much work to be done.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:48:33 +0000 Michael Brindley 18272 at http://nhpr.org Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands http://nhpr.org/post/states-largest-department-gets-work-meeting-hassans-budget-demands <p></p><p>State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:45:48 +0000 Michael Brindley 18055 at http://nhpr.org State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands CMS Letter Validates Hospital Concerns http://nhpr.org/post/cms-letter-validates-hospital-concerns <p>Federal regulators have given the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service 30 days to provide information about the state&rsquo;s Medicaid program. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:01:51 +0000 6184 at http://nhpr.org CMS Letter Validates Hospital Concerns