Feb 2020 Update from Marylouise Alther, MDS Legislative Liaison:

Even though this isn’t a budget year, things are hopping in Concord. On February 4, I went to Concord to attend the public hearings for a few bills which concern us as an organization.

HB 1513: This bill would “require the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to study the conversion of the Medicaid program to block Grant funding…”
The House HHS subcommittee recommended that this bill not go forward. It was later voted “inexpedient to legislate” by 15-6, which means that the study for conversion wasn’t passed. This is positive news for MDS and other agencies who are funded by Medicaid.

HB 1411: To establish “a commission to study long-term supports and services in New Hampshire.”
The subcommittee met on February 4. After some discussion among the legislators, they voted to go forward with the study. As of now, I have no further information about the outcome of this bill.

As I receive more information about these and other bills pertinent to MDS, I will let everyone know. There will be more hearings on these bills which affect the DD community. I will attend many of them. Any one who is interested in accompanying me, please call me at 603-313-8693. I will take my car.

Other news of interest:
Kinship Navigator is a newly formed collaborative clearing house for resources available to grand families or other kin raising children. It is run through The River Center in Peterborough. These resources do not conflict with your MDS services. For information, contact Margaret Nelson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also available is a Resource Guide for NH Grand Families, which has a list of NH resources for families raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews and/or siblings. It’s worth a look. Click here to access that Resource Guide.

This day-long leadership training session is for individuals with disabilities, their parents/family members and professionals working in the community to support individuals with disabilities. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building Rooms 206-208, 33 North State Street in Concord. Attendees will gain information on legislative leadership relating to disability issues, and includes lunch and a State House tour.

Professionals in the field, parents, and individuals with disabilities join together to not only provide information, but to share strategies for collaboration and implementation as well. The session will include legislative discussions, audience participation, and small or large group activities. The goal of the training is to support the development of self-advocacy and leadership skills in New Hampshire citizens who wish to affect change at a personal, community, and statewide level through public policy and/or legislation for individuals with disabilities in their communities.

There is no cost to participants. We are particularly eager that members of the group represent diverse backgrounds, ages, and different geographic regions of the state.

This event is presented by the Brain Injury Association (BIANH), Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI), the NH Governor’s Council on Disability, and the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities. For more information or to attend, please contact Ellen Edgerly at BIANH at (603) 834-9570, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Heather Young at CSNI at 603-229-1982, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is limited.

Click here to register online:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-disability-legislative-leadership-training-tickets-9184539103

PreRaceTechShirtsAreInOnce again we’re offering staff and friends a chance to order Run~Walk~Smile Tech shirts prior to this year’s race. And this year we've added more bags to the mix of items available!


Order by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5th - early April delivery
New this year — Run Walk Smile DUFFLE BAG and CINCH SACK!

FYI - in order to select color & size, you have to put your selection into your cart -- then those options come up. Click around on the left sidebar to find particular items.

SHIRTS:  Eight styles (three for men, five for women) are available, in multiple colors and sizes.
   * Short sleeve and tank shirts: $13 each ($15 for XXL)
   * Long sleeve shirts are $15 each ($17 for XXL).
   * Long sleeve zip pullovers are $20 ($22 for XXL)

   * Zippered duffel bag with adjustable shoulder strap: $12   NEW!
   * Cinch pack with drawstring: $15  NEW!
   * Zip tote:  $12

Shirts have the RWS logo on the front left -- so stylish!

Click here to orderYou’ll be sent to a page with selections. Choose your style, then choose color and size. Place your order right there. At 5 p.m. on March 5th, we’ll gather the orders online, and get these goodies into production. 

Order now! Order now! You don’t have to pay online, just place your order — we'll collect the money at the office, we know where you are! You will make your check payable to MDS.

FYI - in order to select color & size, you have to put your selection into your cart -- then color & size options come up for you to choose.

Your items will be available by April 1. We hope you’ll proudly wear them to let people know you support MDS, Run~Walk~Smile, and our efforts to raise money for dental care for adult with developmental disabilities. Thank you!

Please note: These shirts are different/separate from shirts we provide for registered Run~Walk~Smile race participants.

$13 per short sleeve, $15 per long sleeve tee, $20 for zip pull - add $2 for XXL
$12 for duffel bag - $15 for cinch pack - $12 for zip tote

Click here to order by March 5!
Pay MDS when you get your order.


2020 RWS Bags



The Bureau of Developmental Services is conducting a survey for all families and guardians to complete about the service your family member receives from Monadnock Developmental Services and its contracting vendor agencies. The survey will be available until February 29, 2020. Responses will be sent directly to the state, and are confidential. This survey is intended for families and guardians of those receiving services from MDS.

Please help provide feedback to the state regarding your family member's services for the MDS Redesignation. It's easy and quick - just click on the link below. If you have more than one family member, you may complete the survery for each person. Thank you for your help!

You may access the link by clicking here or cut and paste https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LX899FY.

If you would prefer to complete the survey in paper form, please call 603-352-1304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and a survey with a return envelope will be sent to you.

What is Redesignation?
Every five years, each Area Agency must be redesignated by the State of New Hampshire to continue as an Area Agency. The redesignation process is a comprehensive evaluation that reviews many aspects of service delivery quality and compliance. The review is required by state regulation and is intended to determine how well the Area Agencies are meeting their responsibilities.
• An Area Agency is required by State Law RSA 171-A and He-M 505 to be designated by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services.
• The formal process is completed for each Area Agency every five years.

What is the Area Agency Strategic Plan?
MDS is updating its Strategic Plan, and your input in this process is very important. This survey, in addition to the questions being asked for redesignation, also asks your feedback to help guide revision of the Area Agency Plan.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-352-1304 to speak with Mary Anne Wisell.

Redesignation Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LX899FY