ALERT! Service System In Danger of Major Cuts

There are significant implications for the Developmental Services' system in NH and for MDS in the Governor and the House proposed budgets for the upcoming biennium (July 2011-June 2013).  Families and individuals who are interested should check back regularly for updates and contact the Legislative Liaison Team to:

*  write letters to your representatives (Click here to find out who your representatives are)
*  become part of a telephone campaign
*  attend Community Meetings in your area, hearings and rallies in Concord
*  check NH Cares or the CSNI website for legislative updates

Please email Bob English or Linda Quintanilha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 603-494-1183 for more information and to find out how you can help.


Senate Hearings for Budget Slated for Thursday, April 21 (4-13-2011)

NH Cares Website Posts Photos from Budget Rally (4-2-2011)

Thousands Rally in Concord to Protest Budget Cuts
(4-1-2011)

ABLE NH Hosts Community Meetings to Discuss Budget Cuts(3-24-2011)

How The Budget Cuts Might Affect You and MDS (3-23-2011)

Rally to Restore Budget Cuts Thursday, March 31st at noon at NH State House (3-21-2011)

Disability Rights Center Call to Action Re: Assault on DD and ABI Services and Reinstatement of Waitlist (3-20-2011)

Public Hearing on the State Budget Scheduled for March 10 (3-7-2011)

Letter from Alan Greene to MDS Stakeholders (2-23-2011)

From the Family Council of the Monadnock Region (2-13-2011)


Senate Hearings for Budget Slated for Thursday, April 21
(4-13-2011)
The Senate Finance Committee will conduct its public hearing on HB1 and HB2 (both concerning the State budget) on Thursday, April 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Representatives Hall in the State House in Concord. Families and those with concerns about the budget cuts are encouraged to attend this meeting, and write to their senator expressing their concerns.


Thousands Rally in Concord to Protest Budget Cuts
(4-1-2011)

rallylaconiasignMore than 4,000 people gathered at the State House in Concord yesterday to protest the NH House Budget. Nearly 200 people from Monadnock region joined the rally, asking representatives to reinstate much-needed funds to provide critical services for people with disabilities. Family members, individuals, agency staff, professionals and community members were all on hand to make their voices heard.

The State House lawn was filled with a sea of people of all ages and abilities, many with colorful signs bearing poignant or pointed messages to lawmakers, all to rally against proposed budget cuts that would deeply affect many. The solidarity among residents was clear as ordinary people, representatives of human services, healthcare, education, fire and police unions gathered peacefully and listened to the speakers. One sign simply said, "We all need a little help sometimes, " and another, "Hell No, We Won't Go - To Siberia or Back To Laconia."

As expected, the Budget (with cuts) was passed yesterday by the House in a 243-124 vote. The Budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.

 

Able NH Hosts Community Meetings in April to Discuss Budget Cuts
Local chapters of ABLE NH are hosting a series of Community Meetings in April in several towns in the Monadnock region in the wake of budget cuts being considered in Concord. We have invited our legislators to meet with constituents for a public meeting to discuss next steps in the budget process. This is a chance for community members to come together to discuss how the budget will affect voters in the Monadnock region.

April 2nd  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Jaffrey
Towns: Jaffrey, Rindge, Dublin
Jaffrey VFW
22 Hathorn Rd  Jaffrey, NH
Please RSVP to Beth Theisen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603-532-8982

April 3rd  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Chesterfield
Towns: Chesterfield, Winchester, Hinsdale, Swanzey, Marlborough, Harrisville & Troy
Chesterfield School
535 Old Chesterfield Road Chesterfield, NH
Please RSVP to Annie Disilva, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603-256-8945

April 10th 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Peterborough
Towns: Peterborough, Sharon, New Ipswich, Greenville
Reynolds Hall
51 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
Please RSVP to Kathy Manfre, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603-924-2024

April 17th 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Antrim
Towns: Bennington, Antrim, Deering, Hancock, Greenfield, Francestown, Windsor & Hillsborough
The Grapevine
Aiken Street, Antrim (behind the library)
Please RSVP to Linda Quintanilha, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603-494-1183

Monday, May 2 6:00-7:30 p.m. Keene (note date change)
LifeArt Community Center
25 Roxbury Street
Keene NH 03431
Please RSVP to Derek Scalia or Jennifer McIntosh, 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.


Rally to Restore Budget Cuts Thursday, March 31st at noon at NH State House
(3-21-2011)

Rally to Restore Budget Cuts
NH State House in Concord
Thursday March 31, 2011 at Noon

How the Budget Cuts Affect MDS and You

Recent cuts proposed by the Division III Committee and how they will affect us here in Region 5:

  • 50% cut in Medicaid Family Support Funds (Respite, In-Home Supports, Environmental Modifications).
    Affects approximately 380 MDS families.
  • $1.1 million cut in In Home Supports (IHS).
    Eliminates 6-7 IHS programs in our region.
  • No wait list money.
    We estimate at least 100 people in our region will be in need of wait list funding by the end of FY13.
  • Reduction in number of area agencies from ten to seven.
    We don't know how this might impact Region 5.
  • 100% cut in non-Medicaid Family Support Funds.
    These are Family Council funds.
  • Elimination of Non-Community Care Waiver Case Management (Service Coordination only, ESS, Partners in Health).
    Impacts approximately 135 folks in our region.
  • 50% cut in Community Support Services (CSS) effective July 1st.
    Impacts 25 people in our region, and will also eliminate Service Coordination for anyone whose services are eliminated.
  • 32.8% cut in Day & Supported Employment Services 16.4% July 1, 2011 and another 16.4% on July 1, 2012.
    Impacts about 45 people in Region 5 and will also eliminate Service Coordination for anyone whose services are eliminated.


The Rally To Restore Budget Cuts is sponsored by NH CARES and other advocacy groups that include constituents affected by the proposed cuts to Health and Human Services and other important State services. MDS, as part of the Area Agency system, will be participating in this Rally.

Download pdf of flyer.
For information, please contact your Service Coordinator at 352-1304 or Sarah Aiken at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-724-7039.


Public Hearing on the State Budget Scheduled for March 10
(3-7-2011)
The House Finance Committee will conduct its public hearing on the State Budget (HB1 and HB2) on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9 p.m. The hearing is being held in the Representative's Hall in the State House in Concord.

Attending the hearing is a chance for families and individuals with concerns about budget cuts to find out more and to be heard. You can make a difference by being there, whether it is for an hour or the whole session. Also, the Legislative Action team asks that you consider testifying and sharing with Legislators what the services you receive or don’t receive mean to your family.

If you are concerned about these proposed cuts, please reach out to your Legislators with phone calls, emails or letters. You can locate their contact information using the tools on the New Hampshire General Courts website. If you need further assistance, information or would like to become involved, please contact our Legislative Liaison, Linda Quintanilha, at 603-494-1183 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Letter from Alan Greene to MDS Stakeholders (2-23-2011)

(Click here to download pdf of letter)

Dear Friend/Stakeholder:

I am writing to you to give you the information, as of today, regarding the Governor’s Proposed Budget for the next Biennium, which covers the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. There are significant implications for the Developmental Services’ System in New Hampshire and locally for MDS. In the Governor’s Budget, the following areas are slated for statewide budget cuts:

There is no money allocated for the Waiting List. For those who are in need of services during the Biennium, there are no new funds to support this. This will be detrimental to those students turning twenty-one and no longer eligible for school services, for those families who have aging caregivers who can no longer care for their son or daughter, or those people who experience a crisis during this time.

Family Support Funding is dramatically reduced. There is a statewide reduction of $174,000 in Fiscal Year 2012 and $1.1 million in Fiscal Year 2013. This includes the flexible dollars available to the Family Support Council to be used to support families. This cut coupled with no waiting list dollars has the potential to be detrimental for all families.

Funding for the In-Home Supports Waiver is cut in this budget. There is no new money to support the 180 children and families who are waiting for services statewide. It also calls for unspecified reductions in the current budgets that children and families depend upon.

The Governor’s Budget calls for the reduction of Area Agencies from 10 to 7. It has not been determined as how this will be done, which current agencies will no longer serve as Area Agencies, and what are the new catchment areas. It is not clear at this time what the impact to MDS will be or the individuals and families served.

The budget cuts I outlined above, as dramatic as they are, are only the first step of the budget process. The House needs to approve their version of the budget. All indications are that the House budget will call for increased cuts. The Senate will then approve their own version of the budget before returning it to a Committee of Conference to work out thedifferences. Finally, it goes to the Governor for his signature.

I wanted to share what we know at this point and ask for your assistance. If the areas above are troubling to you, please contact your representatives. The impact of these cuts will last well beyond the two years of the budget cycle and will have dramatic impact on the individuals and families served by MDS and the broader Developmental Services' System. If you want assistance with this, please contact our Legislative Liaison team. Bob English is being assisted by Linda Quintanilha. Her phone number is 494-1183. Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As the information regarding the budget will change day-to-day, MDS will have updated information on our website and Linda will also provide updates to those who request this of her.

I want to assure you that we at MDS are deeply committed to ensuring that we focus on the long-term needs of the individuals and families we serve during this difficult time.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Alan Greene, Executive Director


From the Family Council of the Monadnock Region (2-13-2011)

The current leadership in Concord is looking at reducing the Department of Health & Human Services budget by 500 million dollars. Our families and individuals will be monumentally affected if this happens.

We need your help! The Family Council of Region 5 (a group of volunteers designated to help advise MDS) asks you to become involved in the legislative process over the next few months.

For the next 6 months, we need people to sign up and be part of the team!

1.  Assist with Letter Writing Campaigns

2.  Assist with Telephone Campaigns

3.  Attend Hearings in Concord

We must come together to keep the services we are receiving today.  If you can’t commit to being part of the district team, consider being part of a letter writing or telephone campaign committee.  Ask to be notified by a volunteer when legislation comes up that will affect not only you and your family but your community.

Your help is critical!

Please email Bob English at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Q at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 603.494.1183 to become part of the legislative team (a six month commitment, average 1-2 hours per week).  Thank you!


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