The MDS and Partners in Health Family Councils are hosting an Outdoor Fun Day at Camp Spofford on Saturday, Aug 27, from 12 to 4 p.m. This is an event for families who have a family member served by MDS or Partners in Health.

The Council is renting the full camp, including access to beach, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, tennis/pickle ball courts, basketball courts, ping pong, and foosball. There will be a lifeguard.

Bring your own picnic lunch. The Council will provide water, fruit and desserts.

RSVP by August 13th, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-352-1304.

2022 graduates under the Project SEARCH BannerProject SEARCH celebrated the accomplishments of Katie Clark, Russell Putnam and Isabelle Tenters at its 12th graduation ceremony on June 24, 2022 at Cheshire Medical Center. Project SEARCH is a job training program. As part of the program, the graduates participated in a variety of internships. Internship sites included Supply Chain, Nutrition, Laundry, Mailroom, Greeter, Children’s Learning Center, Medical Records, Medical Oncology, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Urgent Visits, and EVS. All three graduates were congratulated for their work in the departments that they interned in.

In addition to being honored for completing the program, the graduates were celebrated for their personal achievements. Katie was recognized for the variety of professional skills that she learned throughout the year. Russell was praised for his dedication and attention to detail in all his work. Isabelle was acknowledged for being uniquely open to opportunities and learning new skills.

To learn more about Project SEARCH, please visit us at Project SEARCH at MDS

On Friday, July 1, Governor Sununu signed 39 bills into law, a number of which are of interest to our community.

SB 422 and HB 103, both pertaining to an adult dental benefit, are now law, after many years of advocacy and negotiations. Over 120,000 Granite State adult Medicaid recipients will have access to dental benefits, starting in April 2023. Special thanks to Rep. Joe Schapiro (Keene) for his tireless efforts to ensure dental health coverage for our most vulnerable citizens. Click here to see the NH Smiles Program Dental Benefit overview (July 2022).

HB 1513 gives students with IEPs the right to remain in school until the end of the academic year during which they turn 22. Click here to view a Fact Sheet on these changes for children with disabilities provided by the Bureau of Special Education Support at the NH Department of Education.

SB 238 ensures that students who receive special education services will continue to do so regardless of the public school chosen by the family.

SB 381 establishes an office of the advocate for special education.

HB 1135 provides for the requirement of an audit of education freedom accounts.

The NH Department of Education has partnered with Waterford Upstart to offer a free, at-home early learning program to NH children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022 and 2023. The Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path provides positive, parent-child interactions while delivering personalized, online instruction.

NH families will be able to access this online PreK learning program that teaches preschool-aged children basic skills they need in reading, math, and science. Families are encouraged to take advantage of this no-cost, valuable service.

Find out more about Waterford Summer Learning Path summer programs.