To The Daily Sun,
At a conference held in Concord on Friday, April 17, Mr. Nicholas Toumpas, head of New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services, mentioned that he had just confided to his staff that "we are in crisis mode". Mr. Toumpas comes across as an experienced hand who know that New Hampshire's ability to fund mandated human services is very much in doubt.
The proximate reason for this statement at a meeting of the New Hamshire Commissioners' Association is the dilemma presented by insufficient nursing home beds, public and private, in our state and our inability to create or pay for more. The 'Silver Tsunami' is striking with a vengeance while the soaring number of those over 65 who may require services as they age will be unable to avail themselves of those services.
One partial solution to this problem is the idea, pitched by Mr. Toumpas, to expand the services which would allow the elderly to stay in their homes for longer periods of time. My response to this is: seems like a good idea but why would the citizens of Belknap County want to expand their funding of services when the state cannot meet its current obligations? Do not doubt that the Belknap County Delegation and the majority of the Belknap County Commission acted most unwisely when they adopted the 2015 budget. The state cannot meet its obligations and the downshifting of the tax burden from Washington D.C. to Concord and from Concord to local jurisdictions will escalate in future years.
These are problems which will not yield to the usual political pablum or to glittering generalities.
Belknap County Commissioner, District 2
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