ADVOCACY ALERT! Take a few minutes to let the NH Senate Finance Committee know that you support the Developmental Services budget!

NH Senate Finance Public Hearing (HB1)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Members of the public may attend the hearing that day via Zoom using the following link: https://www.zoom.us/j/95006733265   You may also watch the hearing that day on YouTube via this link.

The Senate plans to hold its public hearing on the budget with remote testimony on Tuesday, May 4. It is critically important to find ways to ensure the developmental services budget is fully funded.

How you can help: Two Quick Action Steps for Tuesday’s Hearing

1 - Sign in to Senate website to indicate your support for the Developmental Services budget before 8:00am on 5/4/2021:
* Visit the NH general court website (click here).
* Click on the date of May 4th.
* Select Senate Finance Committee.
* Select HB 1 at either 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.
* I am: a member of the public.
* I’m representing: Families in Developmental Services.
* Click "I support this bill"
* Continue.

2 - Email written testimony to the Division III Finance Committee:
* Subject line of email: Fully Fund Developmental Services.
* Address the email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Senate Finance Committee
* Keep the testimony short!
* Include talking points of fully funding developmental services budget and supporting the direct support workforce.
* Click here for a sample testimony letter template.

Take a few minutes to let the House Finance Committee know that you support the Developmental Services budget!

Written testimony can be addressed to the Senate Finance Committee Chair Senator Daniels and emailed to all members on that committee:

Senate Finance Committee Members:

Gary Daniels, Chair:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Regan:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lou D’Allesandro:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chuck Morse:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob Giuda:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cindy Rosenwald:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Erin Hennessey:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: If you wish to present live remote testimony on Tuesday, May 4, please contact 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.) at CSNI by April 29.

Helpful resources:

State Budget Pre-Hearing Briefing: Friday, April 30 at 2:15 p.m.
Members of the public may attend: Zoom details or watch on YouTube.

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Critical Issue Areas (from CSNI):
    Early Supports and Services
    In Home Supports Waiver
    Acquired Brain Disorder Waiver
    Transition into adult services for the DD Waiver
    Caregivers getting older and how service needs change
    Oral health care for adults on Medicaid
    Families who have had challenges with staffing

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Questions? Please call or text Marylouise Alther at 603-313-8693.

Please note: Monadnock Developmental Services, as the Region V Area Agency, is non-partisan, and does not support or endorse any political party or legislator. CSNI (Community Support Network Inc.) is the association for New Hampshire's 10 area agencies and provides advocacy and legislative support.

The Employment Leadership Committee for the NH Department of Education's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking nominations for businesses that hire a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities.

If you know of such a business, please nominate them for the 2021 Employment Leadership Award.

The deadline is April 30th.

Click here for more information and access to a nomination form.

Hilltop Golf Benefits MDS in MayDust off those clubs, practice those swings and putts, and come on out to Peterborough’s Hilltop Golf Course during May for some fun and fundraising. Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) has been chosen as Hilltop’s nonprofit beneficiary for the entire month of May, thanks to the generosity of Annie Card and the Hilltop team!

All month long in May, guests who choose to play a round of golf for MDS will have a portion of their fee donated to MDS. Entry fees for the fun contest -- Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Putting Contest -- during the month will also go to MDS. Tito’s Vodka will give $1 to MDS for every Tito’s three specialty drinks sold at Hilltop in May and June as well. Even non-golfers can enjoy the putting contests and relaxing on the Deck with a Tito’s cocktail and light food options.

Hilltop is a traditional 1901 nine-hole course, with a relaxed vibe in a beautiful setting. It is loved by beginners and veterans alike, and is the site of the former Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough, NH.

Tee times and contests must be booked: 603-924-7769. Be sure to mention that you’re golfing for MDS when you make your reservation. For information on the course itself, visit hilltopgolf.net.

How you can participate to benefit MDS:

Golf 9 or 18 holes with friends, colleagues, and family, or even by yourself. You must book a tee time and reserve a cart. Don’t forget to say you’re golfing for MDS!
  * 9 Holes walking for $30
  * 18 Holes walking for $52
  * Cart Rental: $12 per person (9 holes), $22 (18 holes)

Compete in these fun contests all month long! Contest prize winners will be announced at the end of the month!
  * Longest Drive — Three drives for $25
  * Closest to the Pin — Two holes for $20
  * Putting Contest — 20 balls for $20
Putting contest available all day Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Please call 603-924-7769 to set up a time.

Enjoy a Tito’s beverage and a snack on the deck! Tito’s Vodka will donate $1 for Tito’s three featured cocktails sold in May and June. Beautiful views and a great way to end the day, whether you're golfing or not!

Come join the fun at Hilltop Golf Course during the month of May and help MDS provide crisis funds for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Call 603-924-7769 to book your time, and remember to say you’re golfing for MDS. More information on the course at hilltopgolf.net.

The Monadnock Family Council can provide help to MDS Families who are struggling during this pandemic. These instructions will guide you to apply for funding through the COVID 19 Relief Fund. These funds, up to $200 per family, are meant to support families with needs specifically related to the COVID 19 Pandemic and should not replace other available funding. Please contact your MDS Service Coordinator for more information and to apply.

Guidelines

Eligibility: Any MDS-eligible individual who resides in the home with a family member is eligible for these funds. This includes children who are receiving Early Supports and Services.

Funding: Each eligible participant may be approved for up to $200 in relief funds. Funding is first come first serve and may be changed due to funding or changes in needs.

Source: These funds are being made available at the direction of the Family Council of the Monadnock Region. Who is the Family Council? We are group of family members advising MDS on the needs of families in our region. We represent you!! Give us a call; come to a meeting; ask a question. Let us know how things are going for your family. We need to hear from you!

Categories of Funding:
1. Services – Funds can be requested to help support services directly to the individual such as respite, tutoring, haircuts, etc.
2. Recreation – These funds are designed to support activities to keep participants occupied while remaining safely at home. Examples include: Basketball hoops, art supplies, electronic devices for entertainment, parking pass to State Parks, etc.
3. Goods – These funds are meant to purchase items for the participant. Examples could include: clothing, printers, ink, paper, hiking boots, back to school supplies, etc.
4. Financial- These funds are meant to support financial difficulties related to COVID 19. Examples could include: assistance with a bill (utilities, rent, mortgage), gift cards for groceries, gift cards for gas. Gift card requests must be to a specific place for a specific need.
5. Other – If submitting for something that does not fit in any category please be specific in your request.

Criteria: Submit your request through your MDS Service Coordinator. Provide the following information:
1. Any funding request must not be a service covered by any other funding source (school districts, insurance, long term funding).
2. All requests must state how COVID 19 impacted or created the need.
3. When funding a payment, MDS must either receive an invoice to pay directly or proof that the payment was already made so that reimbursement can be provided.
4. If supporting a bill, proof will be required that the funding will sufficiently pay the minimum payment to prevent a shut off.
5. The Family Council supports the CDC recommendations for the social and community gatherings. Admission to amusement parks, movies theaters and other community recreation activities that promote groups of gathering will not be funded.

Please contact your MDS Service Coordinator for more information and to apply.