Do you have a family member who lives with you and receives services from MDS? Are you looking for something to do that s/he and the whole family can enjoy? This is the event for you! Join friends, family, council members and MDS staff for the Region 5 Family Picnic.

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Time: 2pm to 5pm (meal served at 2:30 pm)

Where: The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy

There will be fun for all ages, including visiting the animals (pony rides not included), games and activities, and swimming too, so bring your bathing suits and towels.

Food will be served at 2:30 p.m. featuring cheeseburgers, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips, sides, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, water, and homemade cookies and brownies.

This is a free event and open to the whole family but everyone must register. Please RSVP to Lurleen at MDS by Friday, May 26th: 352-1304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A budget floor amendment (2017-1213 – see below) has been added to the House budget that will provide about $24 million for developmental services per year in the next two-year state budget. The amendment will likely be offered on the House floor this Wednesday, April 5.

Spread the word to ask your House Reps. to support amendment 2017-1213h to HB 1. The amendment will provide much needed waitlist and direct care worker funding for the DD system.

The current budget proposal does not fully fund the waitlist and does not provide a pay raise to direct care providers. These critical workers haven’t seen an increase in pay in nearly 10 years.

Click here to find out who is your representative in the NH House, and to get contact information for your representative(s).

Floor Amendment to HB 1-A
Proposed by Reps. Rosenwald (D-Nashua), Wallner (D-Concord) and McMahon (R-Windham)

Amend the bill by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

9 Department of Health and Human Services; Appropriation for Developmental Services. In addition to the amounts appropriated in section 1 of this act, the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and the sum of $23,608,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, shall be appropriated to account 05-95-93-930010-7100, class 502, for the purpose of funding developmental services. Of these amounts, 50 percent shall be state general funds and 50 percent shall be federal funds. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for the general fund share of said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

2017-4-13SponsorCollageWe are so grateful to to our 2017 Run~Walk~Smile sponsors whose generous support makes it possible for us to raise awareness as well as funds for dental care for adults with developmental disabilities.

We’re especially thankful for our Lead Sponsors, Savings Bank of Walpole and Children’s Dental Care.

Co-Sponsors this year include Bowman Dental, Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Clark-Mortenson Insurance, IPG Employee Benefits, Mutual of America, NH Healthy Families, Perry Family Dental Care, PrintFusion, Raynor Dental, and Well Sense Health Plan.

RWS Dental Partners are Matthew Cielinski DMD, Connecticut Valley Oral Surgery, Keene Orthodontic Specialists, Craig McBeth DMD, Northeast Delta Dental, Richard & Carolyn Roy DDS, and Wilson Orthodontics.

Our Business Partners are Bragdon & Kossayda PC, C&S Wholesale Grocers, ConvenientMD, Kevin & Susan Reilly, Ride Away Handicap Equipment, and Ted's Shoe & Sport.

We hope you will take a minute to thank these generous sponsors for their help. Click here for full race details and to register online, or call 603-352-1304.


The Governor’s Commission on Disability is looking for outstanding nominees who embody and exemplify the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Commission is looking to honor those programs, organizations, leaders, products, technology, advocates or legislative contributors who seek to make the ADA, and its impact, very real in a spectacular way in the lives of those with a disability.

Deadline to submit nominations is May 15, 2017. Click here for details and a Nomination Form. Winners will be announced at the September event where awards are presented by the Governor.

For additional details and online forms, go to: or contact Louise McBride by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or at (603) 271-2773.