ACTION ALERT!  Senate Finance Committee Public Hearings on Budget

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Concord - State House Representatives Hall  1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Manchester - City Hall  7-9 p.m. (map)

Marylouise Alther (603-313-8693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is available to help you make a difference in whatever way works best for you.

Ways to get involved:

  * Attend in person and testify (biggest impact)

  * Attend in person, wear pink.

  * Provide written testimony to submit to the Senate Finance Committee.

  * Call your local representatives on the Committee and ask them to support developmental services.

Click here for Testimony Tips

Sample Testimony

Click here for Talking Points on the Budget hearing

It is time to write letters and make arrangements to attend one of these hearings. Even if you don't want to give testimonies, your presence is counted by the Finance Committee as they weigh options.

Please contact Marylouise Alther if you wish to attend one of the hearings, write letters or call your Senators. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-313-8693.

Marylouise Alther, MDS Legislative Liaison, is following issues and activities in Concord. She will keep families and individuals posted as things progress. Here is a note from Marylouise asking families, staff and individuals to help support the issue of the Medicaid rate increase as well as

MDS Staff & Families: Please Do Your Part to Make a Rate Increase for Disability Services Happen this Legislative Budget Session!

I serves as Legislative Liaison and Family Education and Support Coordinator for MDS. I am asking staff, individuals and families to make a concerted effort in coming weeks and months to advocate for a rate increase for Medicaid reimbursement, which hasn't been changed in 10 years.

We need help from our families and staff to speak out, write letters or visit Concord when the Senate budget hearings happen in late April. This funding for a rate increase affects YOU. Your voice is critical to ensure that the budget, with a wage increase, is passed.

It is a fact that at these hearings, the Finance Committee counts the number of pros and cons for support of bills. If one of us speaks out about a specific topic, our voice is heard and counted. Just imagine if we have dozens of people speaking to this issue, what an impact this would make!

Here’s what you can do to help:
1. Write letters. I will supply the paper, etc., and script for you.
2. Call your Senator: Who is my Senator?
“I am calling to let Sen. _____ know that I support a rate increase for Medicaid reimbursement, which hasn't been changed in 10 years." Their staff can take your call and deliver your message. Please check above for contact information for the senator who represents your town.
3. Go to the Senate Finance Committee hearings. These will be held in Concord and perhaps one or two more in different towns. I can take three people in my car to Concord, and help arrange rides if needed. Further information will be provided as to date, location and time.

Please do your part in making these increases happen.
Thank you!
Marylouise Alther, Legislative Liaison
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The latest edition of the MDS newsletter, The Clipboard, is available online for reading and/or download.

Click here to access the Spring 2019 Clipboard.

The UNH Institute on Disability in partnership with the NH Bureau of Developmental Services are hosting a free 2-part workshop on the first two Mondays in May.

May 6 and May 13 from 12-4 p.m.
IOD Professional Development Center
56 Old Suncook Road, Concord, NH

Click here for more information and to register.

Navigating the complex world of Medicaid benefits can be tricky, time-consuming, and overwhelming. These introductory workshops are designed to cover the most important aspects of Medicaid and Home and Community-based Services in NH including the eligibility process, the state’s plan versus waivers, the types of services covered, and how to access services. These workshops can be extremely valuable to those seeking clarity and will help ensure participants possess the information and resources needed to secure government benefits now and in the future for their child who experiences a disability.

Who should attend? NH parents of children who experience a developmental disability and are new to Medicaid.

Click here for more information and to register.

HealthRelationshipsPlease note: This Spring 2019 session is full and closed to new participants. We do expect to offer another workshop series this summer.

Do you have questions about dating and relationships? Elevatus Training presents "Healthy Relationships: Being Smart and Safe When You Date", an eight-week workshop series for individuals 18 and over who are served by MDS. These professionally led sessions happen Mondays, from 10 to 11:30 at the Conference Room at Railroad Square, 49 Community Way in Keene (map).

Topics covered will include:

  • How do I make friends?
  • What do I need to know about my body?
  • How do I find a partner or boy/girlfriend?
  • How do I stay safe online?
  • How do I protect myself?


Katherine McLaughlin, co-leader, has been a sexuality educator and trainer for over 25 years. She works specifically with people with developmental disabilities. She has written a curriculum on this topic, and is the founder of Elevatus Training.

Risa Keene is a speech/language therapist who works at the MDS Birth to Three early intervention program. She has taught sexuality education to young adults who are deaf, and also with children and young adults with a variety of communication needs.

To sign up or learn more, please contact:
Mari Schacht, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603-352-1304 ext. 212.