MoShaws Give Back Bags in Peterborough During Februarynadnock Developmental Services has been selected as a beneficiary of the Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program for the month of February.

The Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program, which launched in April 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

MDS was selected as the February beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Shaw's located on Route 101 in Peterborough. MDS will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at this location during February.

For more information on the Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program, visit shaws.bags4mycause.com

Message from Marylouise Alther
Family Education & Support Coordinator/Legislative Liaison
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Welcome to a new Legislative year! This is not a budget year, but there are bills which need our attention and advocacy.

The Legislature meets in early January and will begin to vote on bills which have numbers and language assigned to them. Bills are different than LSRs, which are Legislative Service Requests. Some LSRs will become bills and will be voted on. Others of the LSRs will go by the wayside and/or stay in a committee.

MDS needs your support and advocacy for some of these bills, which directly affect your lives. Here are three of the bills we are watching:

* HB 578 Relative to Services for the Developmentally Disabled. This bill is an amendment to help clarify funding for the Developmental Disability Wait List.  This amendment, which the House will vote on first, has to do with ensuring that funding is available for services for people, 18-21 years of age, upon graduation.

* HB 1436 Relative to Autism Spectrum Disorder Insurance Coverage. This bill increases the insurance coverage for autism spectrum services.

* HB 1576 Establishing a Targeted Workforce Development Program. This bill establishes the targeted workforce development program and workforce development fund.

Please take note of these bills above. You will be hearing from me in regard to letter-writing, calling your representatives or giving personal testimony. These efforts do make an impact. Last session, MDS sent 64 letters to Concord in support of Medicaid rate increases. It passed and we now have a 3.1% increase, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. It is still uncertain how this will be distributed, but all of your efforts paid off. Let’s keep the momentum going.

Thank you so much,
Marylouise Alther
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603-603-352-1304 ext 247 or 603-313-8693

 

Join friends and colleagues for a Mardi Gras evening on February 25th with prizes, special drinks and appetizers. Have lunch in their dining room overlooking the Nubanusit. Stop in for cocktails and snacks late day. Stay for a delicious dinner. It's all good when you laissez les bon temps rouler!

Waterhouse Restaurant presents Giving Tuesday for MDS on February 25, 2020, with a special Mardi Gras theme. A portion of the day's proceeds will go to support critical needs for those served by MDS.

The Mardi Gras celebration from 5-6:30 features door prizes, fun giveaways, and drink and appetizer specials.

Waterhouse Restaurant is located in Depot Square in downtown Peterborough, NH. Reservations are recommended:  603-924-4001.

 

RedesignationJan2020January 13 Update: Online surveys will be available in late January/early February for those who weren't able to attend the Public Forums. Stay tuned.

January 2 Update: Public Forums planned for Keene on January 8 have been cancelled. Please plan to attend a session in Peterborough on Monday, January 8 at the Peterborough Town Library.

MDS, the Region V Area Agency, is hosting Public Forums in Keene and Peterborough in early January 2020 as part of the formal process required every five years by the State of NH and DHHS. The forums are facilitated by the State, and are held for families and individuals who receive services from MDS. We encourage everyone to attend one of these sessions. These forums are for families and individuals only. Please RSVP to Kyna by phone -- 603-352-1304 ext 273 -- or by email -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Peterborough, two sessions will be held on Monday, January 6th at the Peterborough Library, one from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for individuals, another from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for families/guardians. 

In Keene, two sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at MDS, 121 Railroad Street, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for individuals, another from 6:30 to 8 p.m.for families/guardians.

Every five years, each area agency must be redesignated by the State of New Hampshire to continue as an Area Agency. The process of redesignation is a comprehensive evaluation that reviews many aspects of service delivery quality and compliance. The review is required by state regulation: RSA 171-A and He-M 505.

These forums facilitated by the State are held for families and individuals who receive services organized by the Area Agency. Data will be gathered via these forums as well as online surveys, compliance audits and service reviews. All information gathered will be summarized for the Redesignation report.

RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-352-1304 ext 273.

These forums are for families and individuals only, not staff or providers.