Do you know someone who consistently goes above and beyond as a DSP or Home Provider? Do you know a caregiver who makes a difference in the life of someone with a disability?

Now is the time to nominate a Direct Support Professional and a Home Provider from the Monadnock Region to be considered for the 2018 DSP and Home Provider of the Year Awards. These unsung heroes truly make a difference in so many lives, and we want to recognize their contribution to the work of MDS. Click here for a copy of the 2018 nomination form.

Our region’s winners (one DSP and one Home Provider) will be submitted for statewide consideration for NH DSP and Home Provider of the Year. They will also be honored during DSP Week in September, including at the Yellow Flag ceremony on the State House lawn in Concord. Last year’s regional awards went to Pete Tenney (DSP) and Esther Beverly (Home Provider). Esther went on to receive the Statewide Home Provider of the Year Award.
Nominating someone is easy. Read more about last year's award winners!

A copy of the nomination form is available right here online to download. You can also stop by MDS or find a copy in the summer edition of The Clipboard. Nominations for the Monadnock Region are due by Friday, August 31. Please send forms by mail or email to the attention of Priscilla Brisson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Attorney John Kitchen comes to Keene on Tuesday, September 18 for a free workshop on Special Needs Future Planning. This evening workshop will be held at Cheshire Medical Center.

* Do you have a vision of how your loved one will live when you are no longer here?

* Have you formally identified a guardian, conservator, or trustee for your loved one?

* Do you have a Special Needs Trust set up to preserve government benefits such as social security and/or Medicaid benefits?

* Have you made provisions to fund your loved one’s trust with life insurance or other assets?

* Have you coordinated your Special Needs planning with other relatives?

* Are you confident you have done everything possible to protect your loved one’s financial future?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions or are simply unsure, this workshop will provide you with important information relative to Special Needs Trusts, NH ABLE Accounts, Guardianship, and how to prepare a Special Needs Future Plan. Future planning can provide the vitally important support structure that is necessary to protect your family member in your absence.

This workshop is sponsored by Family-Centered Early Supports & Services (FC-ESS) at MDS and the Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center. It is intended for parents, family members, and guardians of adults and children with disabilities. The workshop runs from 6-8:30 p.m. in CMC’s North Conference Rooms 1 & 2.

Free. Registration required. Click here to register online or call 603-354-5460.

MDS has been chosen by Nature’s Green Grocer as one of three nonprofits to benefit from its Green Giving program. During the months of July, August and September 2018, for each $50 customer purchase, the store donates 25 cents to the organization of the customer’s choice.

Even better, during the month of August, customers can also donate to MDS by rounding up their total bill to the next dollar, with the difference donated to that month’s organization. MDS is featured as the "round up organization" for the month of August.

Stop by Nature’s Green Grocer, 374 Union Street in West Peterborough this summer. Your purchases will help support MDS.

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The Keene Police Department is asking for the community’s help with implementing a program to help identify homes of children/adults at risk in our community. This could include residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or children with autism and/or other developmental risks. The goal of this program is to improve the safety of our at-risk residents, especially if/when they have interaction with police.

The first step of this program would be to identify the addresses of at risk residents. The addresses will be entered into the police department data base in an effort to provide officers with information prior to their arrival. This information will be kept confidentially within the Keene Police Department and shared with emergency responders only as necessary to protect the safety of at risk residents. This program would help emergency response personnel to minimize the possibility of creating distress for the residents and create a more positive police interaction. Those interested in participating in this program or finding out more should contact the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9813. A copy of the form is available online at bit.ly/2HLsnfc.