Advocacy and Legislative Updates - Check back frequently!

Advocacy is an effective way for community voices to be heard in our towns, and in Concord and Washington. Whether writing a letter to your legislator, attending or speaking at a hearing, or having informed conversations with your neighbors and colleagues, advocating for what you believe in is an important part of civic involvement.

Contact Marylouise Alther (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (603-352-1304 ext 247 or 603-313-8693), MDS Advocacy Family Education & Support Coordinator, for more information on advocacy efforts, and if you want to be kept informed about or be part of advocacy efforts in the Monadnock region.

April 15, 2019: SAVE THE DATES! Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Concord and Manchester -- click here for details.

Senate Finance Committee budget hearings will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7 - one in Manchester and one in Concord. As more details get finalized, we will let everyone know times and locations. Meanwhile we have plenty of time to write letters and make arrangements to attend one of these hearings. Even if you don't want to give testimonies, your presence is counted by the Finance Committee as they weigh options. Please contact Marylouise Alther if you wish to attend one of the hearings, write letters or call your Senators. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-313-8693.

March 28, 2019: Public Hearing Scheduled for HB692 (dental care) set for Tuesday, April 2 at 2:15 p.m.

A public hearing has just been scheduled for HB692 relative to oral health care for Medicaid recipients. This bill has been referred to the Health and Human Services committee and is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd at 2:15 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Room 101 in Concord. Click here to find more information related to the bill at the NH general court website.

March 23, 2019: Legislative Liaison Update: NH Budget Hearing in Concord on March 18, 2019

For the very first time I was sitting in our state’s Hall of Representatives. I was in seat #30. As I sat there waiting for the proceedings to start, I wondered about all the men and women, over decades, who have sat in this seat. The history, the drama, the consequences of their actions!  Read more...

March 22, 2019: Bills in NH Legislature Being Followed by CSNI

In addition to the biennial budget, there are a number of bills currently in the New Hampshire legislature that CSNI is following. Read more...


March 1, 2019: Public Hearings for NH Budget (HB) Scheduled for March 11 in Milford, March 18 in Concord

March 11 (in Milford and Laconia) and March 18 (Concord) are very important dates coming up for the House state budget hearings, which determine where and how monies will be allocated. The budget determines how much the DD community will receive for services, including rate increases for staff (to help reduce the number of open positions and decrease staff turnover) as well as the possibility of dental care for Medicaid adults.

March 11, 5 p.m. in Milford
Milford Boys and Girls Club, 56 Mt. Vernon St.

March 11, 5 p.m. in Laconia
Lakes Region Community College, 379 Belmont Rd. (Rt 106)

March 18, 1 p.m. in Concord
Representatives' Hall, State House, 107 N. Main St.

This is the time for your legislators to hear from YOU. They need to hear your voice, receive your letters and to know that there are real people who depend on the decisions they make which affect your lives.

Talking Points and Tips for Budget Hearing

Tips on Giving Budget Testimony

Please help support these bills. The more who can contact their legislators, the more likely they will be to pass legislation affecting you.

Marylouise Alther, MDS Legislative Liaison is attending the Concord hearing on March 18 and is happy to offer a ride to three individuals.
Call Marylouise at 603-313-8693.


2018 Archives

Hot Topics Fall 2018 (click on topic below to download pdf)

NH Values and the NH Advantage Related to Our Support System for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Rate Increase for BDS Services

The Wait List: What It Really Means for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Employment for People with Disabilities

Special Education: A Tradition of Education Excellence and Opportunity for ALL

Meeting the Needs of Children & Adults with Complex Medical Diagnoses

Chapter RSA 171-A: The Law at the Root of Rights for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families



Find out:

Who your state senators are

Who your state representatives are

Who your national elected officials are

Information on town websites

What’s happening with the State Legislature

Latest updates from CSNI

Latest updates from Disability Rights Center

Tips on giving legislative testimony

Updates on national issues from The Arc

Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI), a collaboration of the 10 Area Agencies in New Hampshire, takes an active interest in and monitors legislation that could positively or detrimentally impact the developmental disability community.

The Disabilities Rights Center (DRC) is NH’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency and provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems.

ABLE NH, local chapters that advocate for civil and human rights of all children and adults with disabilities and promotes full participation by improving systems of supports, connecting families, inspiring communities and influencing public policy.

The ARC's Disability Advocacy Network focuses on national issues, aimed at helping people with disabilities, parents, siblings, and allies advocate for our civil rights.

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