CSNI HB620 4KeyReasonsToVoteNoOn Thursday, June 22, the full NH House and Senate will vote on two key pieces of legislation affecting our community. Your action and attention are particularly needed on HB 620, which could threaten special education!

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: NH’s Legislature Proposes to Minimize Education/Special Education Rights in SB620 Vote on June 22nd

This last minute surprise is a VERY SERIOUS threat to NH’s special education rules. Your help is needed to protect NH’s special education rights!

From CSNI:  Your voice does make a difference!

HB 620 will be voted on by the full House and Senate on June 22nd. It is ESSENTIAL we have as many people reach out to their Senators and State Representatives to ask them to vote AGAINST the committee of conference recommendations for HB 620.  Click here to read "Four Key Reasons to Vote NO on HB 620".

If this bill is passed and made a law it can destroy decades of advocacy efforts to strengthen NH’s special education rules and laws.

The current rules support parental involvement, protects students from harm, provides accountability and many more benefits to children that require special education.

Families involved with special education as well as general education, neighbors, friends, and family can ALL reach out to their elected officials. There are over 400 State Representatives and Senators.

Your voice DOES make a difference! It has happened before on this specific bill and it needs to be heard again!

The overall message to our representatives is to VOTE NO on HB 620!

Read attached message from family member Bonnie Dunham, on HB620 details, impact, and how to take action today! Click here to read document with full information.

Next Thursday, June 22, 2017, the full House & Senate will vote on new proposed language for HB 620, an Act relative to compliance with state and federal education mandates.

IMPACT: THIS IS A CRISIS! NH’s special education rules include essential rights and protections that NH children with disabilities and their parents have worked for and relied on for decades! If the committee of conference’s version of HB 620 passes, it will trigger massive changes in education and special education policy, and will erode essential special education rights and protections. The result could be that NH rules for special education would revert to the minimum allowed by Federal law.

The full House and Senate will vote on HB 620 next Thursday. YOU CAN stop this bill from becoming law. PLEASE take action now by calling, writing or email your representatives.

Contact Bonnie Dunham by email -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. --  about details, impact, and how to take action today!
Click here to read full document with detailed information.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: NH House and Senate Will Vote on Proposed Budget on Thursday, June 22nd

The full House and the full Senate will vote on the most recently created biennial budget on June 22nd. No amendments can be presented that day. It will be a straight “yes” to pass, or “no” to kill it. If the budget does not pass, then the State of New Hampshire could go into a Continuing Resolution agreement until a final budget is adopted. Read the full CSNI update here.

As it stands right now the developmental disability community will receive an increase in funding when compared to the current budget that ends June 30. One highlight is that we secured additional new funding for the Early Supports and Services program for the first time since 2009. Despite many attempts to get additional funding for the DD wait list, we are still about $18 million short. The Area Agencies and DHHS strongly believe that without additional funding the current budget proposal does not fully fund the DD wait list. This will lead to many families and individuals being without services.

Despite our disappointment with the final product, we believe that passing a budget is better than not having a budget at all. The failure to pass a budget next week could lead to additional funding reductions and confusion at DHHS and its partners in the community.

Read the full CSNI Budget Update…

ChipotleHalfImageMake dinner a selfless act by joining MDS and Chipotle Mexican Grill for a fundraiser to support MDS Critical Needs. Come in to the Chipotle at 333 Winchester Street in Keene on Tuesday, July 11th between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bring in a flyer (download flyer here), show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Monadnock Developmental Services.

Join us for this fun night at Chipotle. Beth Provost, MDS Board member and Run~Walk~Smile Race Co-Director says: "I love Chipotle!! I just recenlty ate at the restaurant in Keene, and the food was delicious!"

Click here to download a Chipotle/MDS flyer for 7/11/17.


Come on out to the ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th for the Keene Chamber/MDS Night at the Swamp Bats. Once again, Special Olympians will be honored with on-field recognition, and there will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Special Olympians who wish to participate and have their names read over the loud speaker will need to contact Deb Mullen (352-1304) by June 30th.

Free tickets will be available after June 15th– call 603-352-1304 or stop by MDS to get your free tickets! The Swamp Bats play at Alumni Field, Keene High School. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30.

ConstellationJoin MDS and the Peterborough Players for a benefit preview performance of the award-winning comedy/drama Constellations on Tuesday, July 4th. Tickets are $20 per person with open seating. The pre-show dessert reception starts at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the MDS Critical Needs fund.

Order & pay online (open seating).

Send check with payment by June 27 to MDS, Attn: KP, 121 Railroad Street, Keene 03431.

Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London. A spellbinding journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman: Marianne and Roland. Their relationship then unfolds across time and space, defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

“Short and sweet and strangely haunting,” says Variety. The New Yorker writes “…a singular astonishment…a wholly satisfying and complete emotional journey.”

“We’re happy to be collaborating with the Players again during this 2017 summer season,” says Karen Peterson, Development Coordinator for MDS. “Both MDS and the Players benefit from this event, and this particular show promises wit, wisdom, touching moments, and a few fireworks during the approximately 70-minute performance.”

This special fundraising evening is underwritten by Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA, a financial firm with offices in Wolfeboro, North Conway, Dover, Pembroke and Stratham. Single tickets are $20, with open seating.

TICKETS: Actual tickets will not be issued, open seating, check-in at door.

Buy on line via the MDS Donation page -- indicate for Players and attendees' names in the notes section if possible

Buy by mail, send a check by June 27th, $20 per person (with names) to MDS - Attn Karen P, 121 Railroad St, Keene, NH 03431.

Call 603-352-1304 ext 224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Thank you!

Click here for directions to the Peterborough Players.