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What is the Greater Nashua IDN?

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The Greater Nashua Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) is a collaboration of 29 physical and mental healthcare, substance use treatment, and social service support providers and organizations whose goal is to improve the health of those in our community who struggle with mental and behavioral health issues.

New Hampshire is the first state in the country to receive a 1115 Medicaid Waiver through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to conduct a demonstration project called “Building Capacity for Transformation.” The Greater Nashua IDN is one of 7 newly established IDNs in New Hampshire as part of this project.

Each IDN is a regionally-based network of providers and social support organizations charged with ensuring that Medicaid beneficiaries receive necessary physical and behavioral healthcare in the community.

How are we achieving our goals?

Community BuildersThe Greater Nashua IDN received $17.7 million from the NH Department of Human Services (DHHS). The project began in 2016 and will continue through the end of 2020, with the goal of:

  • building a stronger healthcare workforce to support coordinated care in primary care practices, mental health centers and substance use treatment facilities
  • increasing training and support for the workforce so that they have what they need to support their patients
  • expanding health information technology (HIT) to help increase communication among care teams to assure patients have what they need to support their healthcare

To achieve the state’s vision for Medicaid system transformation, the IDNs are implementing evidence-supported projects built around three pathways:

  • Mental health and substance use disorder treatment-capacity building
  • Integration of physical and behavioral health care
  • Improving transitions of care across settings

How will the Greater Nashua IDN work?

Community partners representing a cross-section of stakeholders work together to develop and implement programs that assure individuals have easy access to community-based care, treatment programs, and supportive mental healthcare management. These programs support early and appropriate care transitions, regardless of where an individual is in the community, whether that is a primary care office, hospital emergency department, substance use treatment program, crisis stabilization unit, correction facility or safe station, or elsewhere.

What is the Greater Nashua IDN structure?

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center was designated as the administrative coordinator responsible for the Greater Nashua IDN. Administrative oversight and leadership includes:

  • Organizing partners in our region
  • Acting as single point of accountability for DHHS
  • Implementing IDN governance structure in accordance with DHHS parameters
  • Receiving funds from DHHS and distributing funds to partners
  • Compiling required reporting
  • Collaborating with partners for IDN leadership and oversight
  • Collaborating with IDN partners to manage performance against goals and metrics

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