MEDICAID 101: An Introduction to Medicaid -- Free two-part workshop
When: Tuesday, Nov, 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12-4 p.m.
Location: IOD PD Office, 56 Old Suncook Rd, Suite 103, Concord, NH 03301

Medicaid 101: An Introduction to Medicaid in NH for Families with Children Who Experience a Disability is a free two-part workshop hosted by the UNH Institute on Disability in partnership with the NH Bureau of Developmental Services. Sessions are Tuesdays, Nov 27 and Dec 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at the IOD office in Concord. This series is intended for NH parents of children who experience a developmental disability and are new to Medicaid.

Navigating through the complex world of Medicaid benefits can be tricky, time-consuming, and overwhelming. These introductory workshops are designed to cover the most important aspects of Medicaid and Home and Community-based Services in NH including the eligibility process, the state’s plan versus waivers, the types of services covered, and how to access services. These workshops can be extremely valuable to those seeking clarity and will help ensure participants possess the information and resources needed to secure government benefits now and in the future for their child who experiences a disability.

For more information and to register, visit the IOD registration link or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Keene Police Department is asking for the community’s help with implementing a program to help identify homes of children/adults at risk in our community. This could include residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or children with autism and/or other developmental risks. The goal of this program is to improve the safety of our at-risk residents, especially if/when they have interaction with police.

The first step of this program would be to identify the addresses of at risk residents. The addresses will be entered into the police department data base in an effort to provide officers with information prior to their arrival. This information will be kept confidentially within the Keene Police Department and shared with emergency responders only as necessary to protect the safety of at risk residents. This program would help emergency response personnel to minimize the possibility of creating distress for the residents and create a more positive police interaction. Those interested in participating in this program or finding out more should contact the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9813. A copy of the form is available online at

intelligentlives 2mb poster finalMonadnock Developmental Services is partnering with Keene State College to bring Dan Habib and his latest film, Intelligent Lives, to the Norma J. Walker Alumni Center at Keene State College on Monday, November 19. There will be two free showings that day, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m., to allow students, business people, professionals, working families and individuals to see this essential film about rethinking intelligence and ability. Between showings attendees will be able to discuss the film and meet Dan Habib.

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib created Intelligent Lives in part as a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. The film challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Click here to see a preview of the film.

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

This free event is sponsored by MDS, the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, Keene State College Department of Education, Office of Disability Services, and the Southwest Center for Educational Support, with support from the KSC chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

The KSC Alumni Center is an accessible facility, and the film is captioned. For those who need accommodations, please contact Deb Merchant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-358-2330 by Friday, November 2.

MLAltherMDS is pleased to introduce Marylouise Alther, who will be serving as Family Education and Support Coordinator for MDS. This is a new position that will focus on the families and individuals supported by MDS. Family Education & Support Coordination supports legislative and advocacy efforts for families and individuals who are served by Monadnock Developmental Services and the Region V MDS Family Council.

Marylouise will be reaching out to families in our region in coming months. Her role at MDS is to:
* Build relationships with MDS individuals, families and legislators.
* Keep track of legislation that directly affects MDS families.
* Share legislative and other advocacy information with families.
* Meet with legislators to:
                   * Encourage them to learn more about MDS and other organizations who support people with disabilities.
                   * Show legislators how their decisions affect our families.
Marylouise lives in Keene with her husband, her grandson and two cats. Previously she was Director of Volunteers at Cheshire Medical Center and Director of Volunteers for Hospice of Cheshire County. Marylouise looks forward to meeting with you!

Marylouise Alther
Family Education & Support Coordinator
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603-352-1304 ext 247 or 603-313-8693
MDS, 121 Railroad St, Keene NH 03431