On Saturday, August 24th, MDS presents Teen Time and Reach Out, recreational and social events for young people served by MDS. All events are organized and run by qualified MDS staff, all of whom are screened and trained to assure quality care and the safety of all participants.

Teen Time hosts Bowling & Pizza from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Yankee Lanes, 477 Park Avenue in Keene. This activity is for young people ages 11 to 19.

Reach Out features Spaghetti Dinner, Games & a Movie, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Monadnock Developmental Services, 121 Railroad Street in Keene. This activity is intended for children ages 6 to 14.

Both of these events are free, but registration is required, by August 9, 2013. Please call Carol Brown at MDS, 352-1304, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

projsearch2013gradwebOn June 26 at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, six interns graduated from Project SEARCH, a collaborative program that provides real world employment training to individuals who have a disability. This year’s graduates are Martin "Buddy" Burrell, Joshua Coleman and Tamra Pidgeon from Keene; Robert Daler of Temple; Zachery Mercier of Rindge; and Matthew Gould of Hancock.

Project SEARCH prepares adults with disabilities for work – meaningful work. Although the setting is medical, at CMC Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, the participants receive training across many areas through a series of internships structured to teach complex but systematic skills that are competitive, marketable and transferable.

Monadnock Developmental Services is proud to be one of the core partners in Project SEARCH. MDS invests significant resources in the realm of employment because we believe that work is a key element of how we define ourselves – it is at work that we are included, where we participate, where we form important relationships. We are committed to creating more able workers with disabilities, and have as our goal to increase by 10% the number of people employed and the hours they work.

During the past three years, more than a dozen people have completed the Project SEARCH program at CMC-DHK and gained multi-faceted work skills. Many have subsequently found jobs or are actively seeking employment now. People are working because the program is working. If you know any of our former graduates, you can ask them about their jobs. They will tell you how excited they are to be working and to be part of the workforce. Soon our current graduates will be able to tell you the same thing.

The success of Project SEARCH is the result of the combined efforts of many good people and organizations – Cheshire Medical Center, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Keene School District, MDS and, in particular, the families of interns who provide moral support, transportation, day-to-day preparation and so much more.

Success for the individuals we support, for our local businesses and for our overall communities will come through partnerships like this that provide opportunities for real skills training and employment.

Our deepest thanks to these individuals and organizations for making Project SEARCH possible, and hearty congratulations to our graduates.

firstpitchwebMDS Night at the Swamp Bats on Tuesday, June 25th drew a good crowd in spite of threatening weather. Buddy Burrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch, more than a dozen Special Olympians braved the drizzle, and the Swamp Bats played through several innings before the game was called for weather. Congratulations to all, and special thanks to Deb Mullen, MDS Program Manager, for her efforts to make the evening a success.olympiansweb

Previous story published June 6, 2013:
MDS will join members of the Keene Chamber of Commerce for a Night Out at the Ballpark on Tuesday, June 25th. The Swamp Bats host the Saratoga Brigade at Alumni Field at Keene High School, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch at 6:30. Free tickets are available at MDS in Keene and Peterborough and at LifeArt. Special Olympians will be honored on the field in the opening ceremony. For more information, call Deb Mullen at 352-1304.

Now is the time to nominate a Direct Support Professional and/or Home Provider from our Monadnock region for consideration for the 2012 DSP/Home Provider of the Year Award, given annually by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities. Each region will submit two nominations – one for DSP of the Year, one for Home Provider of the Year – to the DD Council in late August. The 20 nominees (two from each region) will be recognized on the State House lawn on Yellow Flag Day, September 12. The statewide honoree will be selected from these nominees and will be announced on October 12, 2012 at the annual DSP Conference at the Attitash Grand Summit Resort in Bartlett, NH.

Click here for nomination forms on line or stop by the MDS offices. Along with the nomination form, we ask that you describe the activities of the nominee and tell why the nominee is deserving of the award.

Please submit your nomination by August 24th to Priscilla Brisson, RE: DSP Award, 121 Railroad Street, Keene NH 03431, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Department of Health & Human Services has recently modified the dates for implementing Step 1 of Medicaid Managed Care, extending the schedule by a month. This update has happened since the Care Management Information Sessions that many of you attended. Step 1 relates only to the enrollment for acute medical care services through Medicaid.

The current implementation schedule (updated early July, subject to change):

    • Initial letter mailed           Mid September

    • Info packets on MMCs    Mid October

    • Enrollment begins            November 1

    • Step 1 start date              January 1, 2013

The date for moving the long-term care system for people who experience disabilities has similarly been extended by one month to January 2014.

These dates could very well change again. We will keep you updated.

The reason for the timing changes is that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has requested additional information from the State of NH before they will approve the application for transition to Managed Care. DHHS must provide the information requested within 90 days. This extends the period within which CMS must provide a response to the application. Click here to read the letter from CMS to DHHS.

LifeArt invites everyone to come out on Friday, July 20th for a Fun Day at Wheelock Park Pavilion in Keene! The fun begins at 10:00 a.m., with games, raffles and food until 1:30 p.m. Swamp Bats players will be on hand for a game of wiffle ball, and everyone will have a chance to have a picture taken with a Swamp Bat. LifeArt will provide burgers, hot dogs, chips and water…bring a dish to share. We’ll be raffling off a Canobie Lake Park Pass, and the LifeArt Women’s Group will host a $1 Ice Cream Fundraiser. For more information, contact Marie Moody at 357-1456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UPDATE: August 2012
The Disability Rights Center has posted video and information on the July 29 Candidates Forum. Click here to find out what the six candidates had to say.

Families, individuals and interested community members are invited to attend the Governor Candidates Forum on Disability Issues in New Hampshire on Sunday, July 29th. Four of the six candidates for Governor have confirmed attendance at this open forum, which will be held at July29th at 1:30 p.m. at the Executive Court/Best Western on South Willow Street in Manchester, NH.

Organizers of the event are ABLE NH, the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Disability Rights Center. ABLE NH holds its annual convention at noon at the same location. The Convention will break for the Candidates Forum and after the Forum, an education session covering "How to Hold a Candidates Forum in Your Local Community” and “Voter Registration" will be held. All are welcome.

During the online registration process, people will have an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates. Organizers will review the questions and include as many as possible on the agenda for the event. Please register prior to July 25th in order to have questions considered.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. For more information and to register online, visit the ABLE-NH website, www.ablenh.org.

Discussion of the newly passed State Budget and what next steps are for MDS families will be the topic at  special meeting of the Family Council and the ABLE-NH chapter on Thursday, July 07 2011, at MDS in Keene, starting at 5:30 p.m. Topics include: what did we gain (nothing); what did we lose (much), and what did we learn.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with a Pot Luck Social, follwed at 6:00 p.m. by the ABLE NH Chapter Meeting. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the Family Council council will hold its monthly meeting.

Without the efforts of families from all across the state, the budget affects for our families would have been much worse.  Rebuilding efforts are beginning. Come and learn about ABLE NH and the Family Council.  Find out how you can make a difference for your family, your community and the state of NH. If not now, when?  If not you, who?

For more information, please contact Linda Quintanilha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monadnock Developmental Services has relocated its Peterborough office to 12 Depot Square in downtown Peterborough, next to the Toadstool Bookshop. Phone numbers and contact information remain the same. Parking for MDS visitors and staff is provided directly behind the building, across from the Music Store entrance in the back.

The new offices are being leased from Willard Williams, who owns the Toadstool Bookshop property. This new location provides more space for meetings, individual and family consultation, with easy access to downtown shopping and activities.

“We’re thrilled to be so centrally located in the middle of Depot Square,” says Alan Greene, Executive Director of MDS. “Being right in the center of town meshes with our mission to provide community-based services and promote inclusion and participation for people with developmental and related disabilities.”

Visitors are encouraged to stop in to see the new space. Carol Stowell, MDS office administrator, will be happy to show you around. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, visit www.mds-nh.org or call 924-4203.

After months of heated debate, the FY 2012-2013 New Hampshire budget has gone into effect as of July 1, 2011, with approval by both House and Senate but without the signature of the Governor.

The approved budget is the most recent version that was presented by the Senate in June and includes the restoration of House version’s drastic cuts to disabilities services. It also includes an allocation of $6 million over two years ($2 million in FY 2012, $4 million in FY 2013) statewide to serve people from the Wait List. Although the amount budgeted will not fully meet our needs, our portion of the $6 million approved will be beneficial to some of those individuals and their families on the Wait List.

Unfortunately, the approved budget does include some reductions in In-Home Support Waiver and non-Medicaid Family Support funds. However BDS plans to work closely with MDS and the other area agencies to manage those reductions without cutting any ongoing individual allocations within those two service areas.

 

The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development has recently become a new provider agency in the Monadnock region. With more than 20 years experience in providing services and supports to people with disabilities in Massachusetts, the Polus Center exclusively uses a model they refer to as “shared living”.

 

July 26, 2010…Some Granite State families who have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will soon receive additional help thanks to a bill signed by Governor John Lynch late last Friday. HB 569, also known as Connor’s Law, requires that private insurance carriers operating under NH regulations must cover treatments that are commonly prescribed by physicians, including speech, occupational, and behavioral therapy.

tartuffesmallMonadnock Developmental Services joins the Peterborough Players for a benefit preview showing of Moliere’s classic comedy Tartuffe on Tuesday, August 3.  A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. and will include refreshments and food from First Course. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the Players again,” says Karen Peterson, Development Coordinator for MDS. “This new translation and adaptation by Gus Kaikkonen puts a whole new spin on Moliere’s houseguest from hell, and I can’t wait to see the result on stage.”

Alan Greene, MDS Executive Director agrees: “The best thing about an event like this is that both MDS and the Players benefit, and those who attend will sample delicious food from First Course and see a very funny show.”

This special fundraising event is underwritten by People’s United Bank. Tickets are $25 per person. Download a flyer/order form, call 603-352-1304 ext 224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets and more information.