June 15, 2019: The three "budgets", (or three "versions" of the budget) -- the one originally from Governor Sununu, the House Budget and the Senate budget -- have been combined into HB1 and HB2, with amendments and revisions both by the House and Senate Finance Committees.

Now the budget rests in a Committee of Conference, where it will be hammered out by Senate and House members of the committee. They must give a final budget to Governor Sununu by June 27. This is called a reconciliation.

HB1 - Re: making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending 6/30/20 and 6/30/2021. The HB1 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner (Chair), Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Susan Ford, David Huot; (ALT) William Hatch, (ALT) Susan Almy, (ALT)Sharon Nordgren

HB2 - Re: state fees, funds, revenues and expenditures. The HB2 Committee of Conference members are:
Senate: Lou D'Allesandro, Dan Feltes, Cindy Rosenwald, John Reagan; (ALT) Donna Soucy, (ALT) Jay Kahn
House: Mary Jane Wallner, Douglas Ley, Patricia Lovejoy, Sharon Nordgren, Susan Ford; (ALT) David Juneau, (ALT) Joelle Martin, (ALT) Richard Ames

HB692 - Re: dental benefits for adults on Medicaid. This is at risk because the Senate dropped this bill from its revised version of the House budget.

SB308 - Re: appropriation for the health care workforce. Now is a good time to call or e-mail the Committee of Conference members (see contact info below) to urge them to appropriate funds to keep the highest possible rate for Medicaid Reimbursement. There is some disagreement about how much and when to increase the rate, but there is no doubt that the increase must happen. Governor Sununu included a 2.5% increase in his original budget. The Senate increased the rate to 12% over 2 years. Now it is set at 6% and will be discussed at the Committee of Conference, along with the entire budget.

For latest information on where bills stand, click links below:
    Concord Monitor article
    NH Business Review article
    NH General Court schedule of Committees of Conference

Contacts for the Committee of Conference members (HB1 & HB2)
Senate:
Lou D'Allesandro: 603-271-2600; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Feltes: 603-271-3042; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cindy Rosenwald: 603-271-4980; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Reagan: 603-271-4063;
House:
Mary Jane Wallner: 603-224-1632; no email
Douglas Ley: 603-899-4027; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patricia Lovejoy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sharon Nordgren: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Susan Ford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The more calls made and emails sent, the more likely the Senate and House will push for more money for education, mental health and the Medicaid rate increase.

We hope you will make your voice heard. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

Marylouise Alther
Legislative Liaison
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603-313-8693

Are you looking for more information on Guardianship issues? Future planning? Transition? Do you have concerns about Neuropsychological Evaluations or Applied Behavior Analysis? Are you considering creating an ABLE account or a Special Needs Trust for your family member?

Community Support Network Inc (CSNI) now offers free access to informative webinars on a variety of disability topics, workshops that have been presented over the past year. No need to attend in person, no driving, simply visit the CSNI website to access these very helpful sessions. CSNI will also be offering additional webinars in coming months. For details and to access these free webinars, visit csni.org.

If you need help with access, contact your MDS service coordinator or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Web SwampBats Game July 11Swamp Bats Game - Keene Chamber Night at the Ball Park
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


A limited number of free tickets are available at MDS.
*Special Olympians who wish to participate on field at the game must contact Priscilla Brisson (352-1304) before June 27th.

For the 5th year in a row, local citizens have come together to ensure that adults with developmental disabilities get the critical dental care they need. Our deepest thanks go out to the 150+ runners as well as our sponsors, volunteers, and donors for their support of the May 18th Run~Walk~Smile 5K/1-Mile/10K Chapman Challenge. We appreciate their help in improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Together we raised more than $15,000 to help fund dental care for individuals served by MDS.

Dozens of area businesses and dentists played a key role as sponsors, and many also walked or ran in the event. We’re especially grateful to our lead sponsors, the Savings Bank of Walpole, PIF Technologies, and Raynor Dental.

We want to give special recognition to Keene High School Interact students who so effectively served as course marshals. This is the fifth year they have worked with us on the race, and their effort and enthusiasm is always impressive. We also want to thank Mark Bodin, president of the Savings Bank of Walpole, for serving as MC and head cheerleader at this year’s event.

Thanks to all who help us in our ongoing initiative to provide better dental care and improved health outcomes for those with disabilities. Together we are making progress, and have been able to provide critical dental services for almost 100 individuals over the past several years. We are grateful for the community’s continued support of the work of MDS and its partners so that people with developmental and related disabilities are able to lead meaningful lives and contribute to our community.

Alan Greene, Executive Director
Monadnock Developmental Services
121 Railroad Street, Keene