Expanded dental professional program coming to NHTI

CONCORD — NHTI, Concord's Community College and the New Hampshire Dental Society have announced that the college is accepting students into the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary certificate program. The program begins in May 2016.

The New Hampshire Dental Society, the American Dental Association and Northeast Delta Dental provide financial support to help make this program possible. NHTI has developed the curriculum and completed the faculty and staff training required to begin offering the courses in May.

"This program provides an opportunity for NHTI and the dental community to provide greater access to dental care by New Hampshire citizens," said NHTI President Susan Dunton.

"The EFDA certificate program is in harmony with Northeast Delta Dental's mission to improve the access to, and the quality of, oral healthcare and education in the communities we serve. This program will allow New Hampshire's oral health professionals to expand their skill set and we are proud to partner with the NH Dental Society, NH Dental Society Foundation, and NHTI to bring this important program to life," said president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio.

Dental assistants who have completed this program are referred to as "EFDAs," which designates that they have completed additional training and certifications, allowing them to place restorations under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Their additional training enhances the dental team, improving patient flow and office efficiency at dental offices throughout the state. EFDAs are currently working successfully in more than two dozen states.

"Once they complete their training, EFDAs can perform a number of restorative and preventive procedures. Operating under the supervision of a dentist and as part of the dental team, EFDAs' impact will be statewide," said NHDS President Peter Welnak, DDS.

NHTI plans to launch the certificate program in May, with applications being accepted immediately. The curriculum includes 50 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of pre-clinical training. Once training is complete, the student can register with the Board of Examiners to begin working as an EFDA.

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County eyes paying inmates $3 a day for work

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners have agreed to a trial program in which inmates at the Belknap County Jail who work at county facilities will be paid $3 a day.
Corrections Department Superintendent Keith Gray told commissioners that he currently has 12 inmates available to work and estimated that it would cost $15,427 a year to pay inmates for their work.
The inmates would work in the Belknap County Home kitchen washing dishes, at the county home and corrections department laundries, or as part of the grounds crew and farm crew at the county home. There would also be some off-site work at locations like the Belknap County Fairgrounds or in communities which ask for prison labor for specific projects.
Gray said that those eligible to work will be minimum risk, nonviolent offenders and that waivers might be sought in order to allow those awaiting trial to participate.
Commission Chairman David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said he thinks getting more inmates working is a good idea.
“There are too many people sitting around watching television,” he said.
He also wondered if it is possible for a judge to include a work requirement when an offender is sentenced.
Gray said that he would assign eligible inmates to work details and that their participation would be mandatory.
The action came in response to concerns raised at the Dec. 2 meeting of the commission at which Carolee Sliker, dietary manager at the nursing home, said that she was concerned inmate labor and a possible shortage when the new community corrections center opens.
DeVoy had suggested $5 a day for inmates who work, and after some discussion a compromise figure of $3 day was agreed to.
County Administrator Debra Shackett wondered what budget line should be used to cover the payments and commissioners asked her to get back to them with a recommendation.
• The commission also voted to approve the purchase of a 12-person, two-wheelchair bus to be used for transporting residents of the nursing home to various functions and activities. The bus will be purchased from Patsy’s Bus Sales of Concord with a total cost of $62,137 less a $3,500 trade-in for a bus currently used by the Corrections Department.
DeVoy asked Gray why the department is giving up the bus and was told that the bus has only been used once by the department in the last six months and that he only has one employee with a commercial driver’s license. He said he could work out an arrangement with the county home to use the bus if his department needs it.
• Commissioners also approved request for five line-item budget transfers which must now be brought to the Belknap County Convention’s Executive Committee for approval. The largest request was for $61,465 to cover Medicare Part B expenses at the Belknap County Nursing Home, which have changed due to shifting medical costs based on a resident census.

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Belmont man arrested after high-speed chase in Gilford

GILFORD — A Belmont man led police from Gilford and Laconia briefly on a chase through those communities after a Gilford officer saw a Nissan Maxima near the Walmart Plaza at 10:02 p.m. Monday with only one headlight working.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Andrew Decormier, 23, of 33 Sunshine Drive allegedly continued on Lakeshore Road despite being followed by a Gilford officer with his blue lights inhis attempt to stop him.
Decormier allegedly took a right onto the Gilford/Laconia Bypass and was reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph. The officer was able to make out the registration and relay it to dispatch as he turned on his siren.
The car reached 91 mph and police noted in the affidavits that it was drizzling and very foggy, making travel at those speeds dangerous and undesirable. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.
When Decormier got off the bypass at the Gilford Avenue exit, he allegedly failed to stop for the stop sign and turned right onto Gilford Avenue heading into Laconia. While traveling on Gilford Avenue, the officer allegedly clocked Decormier driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Decormier allegedly turned left onto Highland Street and continued up the residential street at 70 mph. Police said he didn’t stop for the stop sign at Winter Street and passed a vehicle that had stopped at the intersection of High and Highland Streets near the Lakes Region General Hospital – an area heavy with pedestrian traffic because many employees must cross Highland Street to reach their vehicles parked across the street.
Gilford dispatch had already notified Laconia and Belmont Police because the registration came back to a Belmont resident and Decormier was heading into Laconia. After Decormier allegedly took a hard right onto Batchelder Street and then one on Avery Street, the Gilford officer lost site of him and stopped his pursuit.
At one point, a Laconia officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the one Gilford was chasing but could only obtain the first three digits of the plate number.
Belmont police officers went to the registered home of the car owner and found Decormier, who said his mother owns the car. He allegedly told the Gilford officer who went with Belmont Police to the home that he didn’t stop because his license had been suspended and he was afraid of being stopped.
During a conversation the Gilford officer had with Decormier, he also admitted running from a Laconia police officer as well.
At his appearance in court Tuesday morning, Judge Jim Carroll ordered Decormier held on $400 cash-only bail. He is charged with one count of disobeying a police officer, one count of driving after revocation, and one violation for driving after revocation.
Affidavits said Decormier’s record includes four convictions for receiving stolen property, two convictions for theft, one conviction for resisting arrest and one conviction for forgery.

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