Project SEARCH is a job training program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The program combines classroom learning and hands-on training through unpaid internships to gain skills that prepare participants for employment. The training takes place at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Applications are due March 4, 2022. Click here for full details and application information.

Are you:
* Between the ages of 18-34?
* Receiving services from Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) and NH Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR)?
* Receiving Medicaid and eligible for the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver?

Attend one of these live Information Sessions via video conference:
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 3 or 5 p.m.
    Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m.

To register for an information session or to speak with someone about the program, contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-352-1304

What is Project SEARCH? (Video)

Project SEARCH Overview (pdf of powerpoint presentation)


National Project SEARCH Video


Application & Reference Forms

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Deadline: March 4, 2022

Schedule a time to speak with Project SEARCH staff.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 603-352-1304.

Check out the Project SEARCH page for information on the program and how to apply or attend an information session to learn more!

Applications for the Class of 2022-2023 are due March 4, 2022.

Mary-Anne Wisell named MDS Executive DirectorMary-Anne Wisell will become the Executive Director of Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) effective in early December. She succeeds Alan Greene, who recently announced his retirement after 20 years in the position. Wisell will serve as the area agency’s third executive director since it was established in 1983.

“We are delighted to announce that Mary-Anne Wisell has accepted the position of Executive Director,” reports Mickey Cronin, President of the MDS Board of Directors. “Mary-Anne has served MDS for nearly 20 years, most recently as Director of Operations. Her strong leadership skills, extensive experience, and compassionate nature promise to move MDS into an exciting future.”

Monadnock Developmental Services provides services to more than 1,000 individuals in the Monadnock Region. Wisell will take the leadership reins to direct its full range of services including children and adult case management, family support, direct care, day services, transition, supported employment, early intervention (ages birth to three), and respite. MDS is one of ten area agencies designated by the State of New Hampshire and works with more than a dozen partners in the area to provide these services.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Monadnock Developmental Services,” says Wisell. “Although there will surely be continued challenges, there will be many opportunities as well – and I have great confidence in the individuals and families we support, our staff, and provider agencies. I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders in moving our agency forward, raising awareness in the community, and enhancing the lives of everyone.”

Wisell started working in the disability services field in the late 1980s as a direct support professional for children and adults. She came to MDS in 2002 as an adult service coordinator, and has served as the agency’s director of operations for 15 years. Wisell is a member of the Keene Lions Club and 100+ Women Who Care Cheshire County, and was honored as a Health Care Everyday Hero this past summer. A graduate of Keene State College, she lives in Keene with her husband Rick and has two grown children and a grandson.

Sheila Mahon, MDS Director of OperationsSheila Mahon has been chosen to be the new Director of Operations at Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS). She succeeds Mary Anne Wisell, who recently became the agency’s Executive Director.

Sheila has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for almost 35 years. Her career began at the Monadnock Worksource and ACCESS. She came to MDS in 1993, working in both service coordination and employment services. In her most recent role, she has been the director of Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST), focusing on employment and community supports. For more than a dozen years, Sheila was an adjunct instructor at Keene State College, teaching Transition Planning & Programming which focuses on improving the transition process for students with disabilities from high school to the adult working world.

Sheila earned a Bachelor of Arts from Keene State College and Master of Science from Antioch University New England. She serves on the Board of Directors for Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) and is a member of the Hancock Fire Department Auxiliary. Sheila and her wife, Ellen, live in Hancock.

The Fall 2021 edition of the MDS newsletter, The Clipboard, is now available online -- including:

Workforce Crisis & Service Delivery
Employment Leadership Awards
New Executive Director in 2022
Legislative Update
Community Support, People at MDS

Click here to go to pdf to read this latest edition.