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House Budget Funding for the NH Department of Health and Human Services

April 30, 2019 Data Viz

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest State agency, with responsibility for major program areas including child protection at the Division of Children, Youth, and Families; Medicaid, which helps about 178,000 people access health care, including children and those with disabilities; the Food Stamp Program, which provides food assistance to about 76,000 Granite Staters; substance use disorder treatment and services; and mental health services.

Both Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire House of Representatives have produced recommended budgets for the next State Budget biennium, which is the two years beginning July 1, 2019. Funding for the DHHS is an important part of both budget proposals. (To learn more about each budget proposal in detail, see NHFPI’s Issue Briefs The Governor’s Budget Proposal, State Fiscal Years 2020-2021 and The House State Budget for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.)

The Data Viz below shows the changes in funding levels for DHHS Activity Units, which are more granular measures of State agency operations than department-level measures, between actual State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 adjusted authorized funding levels and those proposed in the Governor’s and the House SFY 2020 proposals. Comparing without the context of the DHHS’s budget requests does not permit understanding of planned department reorganizations or policy changes, so some increases or reductions may not reflect weighed policy choices as much as the evolution of agency structures or accounting units.

Explore the interactive Data Viz below to understand the proposed appropriations from the Governor and the House relative to the current year’s funding levels. For more context relative to these requests, see other recent NHFPI Data Viz posts:

 

For more on the State Budget process, see NHFPI’s NH State Budget web page and Building the Budget resource.

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.