Acquired Brain Disorder Waiver Listening Sessions

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services requests your input as the Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS) begins the Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver renewal process. Every five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that the states renew their Home and Community-Based Services 1915(c) waivers.

The renewal process is lengthy and includes collaborative meetings with a wide range of stakeholders to gather input on the waiver. BDS is working with the Institute on Disability (IOD) to deliver four listening sessions statewide. BDS encourages people to participate in the listening sessions noted below or to provide input by email or mail. Sharing what has worked and what areas needs attention will help inform waiver changes in the application that will be available for public comment in early 2021.

The intent of the provision of the following services is to assist people to remain living, working and participating within their community versus receiving care in an institution. Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are intended to provide a comprehensive system of supports and services in order to ensure the health, welfare and safety of individuals. In addition, waiver services are intended to maximize participants’ autonomy by encouraging choices about their life as well as enjoying meaningful relationships and both accessing and actively participating in all aspects of community life.

To view the current Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver visit this link:

Due to COVID-19 all listening sessions will be held remotely using a call in option or video conferencing (Zoom)
There are several ways to give your input to BDS:
 Attend one of the remaining (3) listening sessions held on the dates noted below. At the listening sessions, you can provide verbal or written comments.
 Email comments to or mail written comments to:
Ms. Jessica Kennedy
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Attn: ABD Waiver Renewal Input
105 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

DATE: Monday, September 14, 2020
TIME: 5-7 pm
Zoom link:
Call-In Option: Dial: +1 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 937 8572 3202

DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
TIME: 9-11 am
Zoom link:
Call-In Option: Dial: +1 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 991 8221 4903

DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2020
TIME: 2-4 pm
Zoom link:
Call-In Option: Dial: +1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 912 6345 5839