Here is the latest COVID update for MDS staff.

When do I need to wear a mask?

-Anyone working inside with an individual who is not fully vaccinated
-Anyone working inside who is not vaccinated
-When requested by the individual or guardian
-While performing personal care
-When working closely (within 2-3 feet) with individuals who are medically fragile regardless of individual's vaccination status (not including car if windows are open)
-Working in a staffed residence with 3 or more individuals
-Transportation that combines multiple households unless vaccination status is known
-Guests in staffed residences are requested to be masked

When do I need to wear a mask in the MDS office?

-Recommend the use of mask in all common areas
-Require it of those who are not vaccinated (do we use honor system? Pretty easy to figure out since we know who was vaccinated)
-Reception is required to put on a mask when guests enter and we would require any non-MDS staff to wear masks since we will have no idea if they're vaccinated
-If you are in someone else’s office and they want you to wear a mask

Other important notes:

-Guests need to continue to call when arriving and wait in car until conference room is available
-Guests still need to be screened
-Unvaccinated staff and individuals must still be screened

Known Covid exposure:
-If fully vaccinated- no quarantine required, monitor for symptoms; quarantine & test if symptomatic
-Not fully vaccinated- need to quarantine for 10 days and get tested before returning to work

***If there are other scenarios not mentioned here, please email Mary-Anne Wisell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ***

GUIDANCE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE based on local infection rates.

SueWSue Walthour has joined MDS as Legislative Liaison, serving as a conduit between MDS families and individuals and the legislative process.

Sue, a native of PA, is a long-time resident of NH, and 25-year resident of Keene. She recently retired from Keene State College, where she held several positions over the course of eight years. Sue has worked with the disability community since she was a teenager, first as a babysitter of a boy who experienced multiple disabilities, then as a dorm/cottage aide at the Brandon Training School in Brandon, VT.

Sue has worked as a DSP, a respite care provider, and is now happy to fill the position of Legislative Liaison for MDS. In her free time, Sue enjoys spending time with her elderly parents, hiking and skiing with friends, caring for her 20-year-old cat, her home, reading, and truly being grateful for each day.

You may reach Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-313-8693. She looks forward to meeting everyone in the MDS community.

MCO Case Management Listening Session July 24 at 7 p.m.

Do you know that MCOs provide case management services as part of their contracts? Families living with disabilities and special health care needs can find out more about this at a Zoom-based public listening session on Thursday, June 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information contact Heather Youn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NH Healthy Families, Well Sense and AmeriHealth Caritas, NH's Medicaid care management companies (MCOs), provide care management services as part of their contracts. Are you receiving these services? Do you know that the MCOs offer care management for ALL of the services your loved one with a disability needs? Have you ever tried to access care management through your Medicaid MCO? How is it working?

If you use this or if you don’t know about this service, we need your feedback to learn the best way to share this information with families and other stakeholders. A public listening session is being held on Thursday, June 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m..

MCOs are currently working on staffing requirements for some key positions that include care management services. This listening session will be a way to gather some of that information and be able to provide feedback to the department and the MCOs to be sure families are connected with a care manager, if they so choose.

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Summer’s coming, so let's get outside for an hour of percussion with Mr. Rich of Youth Beatz. Sign up for a one-hour session at Adams Playground in Peterborough. This event will only occur if there is sufficient interest. Registration by Friday, June 4 is required. Sign up with Lurleen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-352-1304). Click here for an event flyer.

Groups and times will be determined by age and ability level, and slotted at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.
* No snacks, participants must bring their own water.
* Each session is planned to be an hour in length.
* Everyone, staff and participants, must follow MDS & CDC COVID-19 recommendations.

To sign up, email Lurleen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-352-1304. Register by 6/4/2021

This event is sponsored by the MDS and Partners in Health Family Councils.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
3pm - 4pm - 5pm
Adams Playground
71 Union St, Peterborough NH

Click here to find out more about Youth Beatz.