The Employment Leadership Committee for the NH Department of Education's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking nominations for businesses that hire a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities.

If you know of such a business, please nominate them for the 2021 Employment Leadership Award.

The deadline is April 30th.

Click here for more information and access to a nomination form.

What’s this new thing, the Quality Satisfaction Survey (QSS)?

Starting in January 2021, the Bureau of Developmental Services rolled out a new list of questions to replace “are you satisfied with services” at routine quarterly meetings. The hope in this was to get more specific information about quality quarterly.

Some may have experienced this already but for those that have not, the satisfaction questions that service coordinators will be looking to get answers on at quarterly meetings are noted below.

*Do you feel that the current services match the interests and needs of the individual?
*Are you satisfied with the current services?
*Has progress been made on goals included in the service agreement?
*Do the current services meet the individual’s environmental and personal safety needs?
*Is there anything else that service coordination could do to improve the quality of your current services?
*If in residential services…
*Do you get support from the people who help you at home to do things you like in the community?
*Do you get to go into the community as often as you like?
*Are there places you would like to go that you do not currently go to?
*If in Community Participation Services…
*During Community Participation Services are you able to go and do things you like in the community?
*Are there places you would like to go that you do not currently go to?
*Do you have a job? If yes, would you like more hours?

Any questions can be directed to your Adult Service Coordinator.

 

The Family Council of the Monadnock Region and the MDS Children’s Services department have put together an afternoon of fun for families served by MDS. On Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m., families will gather together via Zoom from their own homes for fun and adventure for the whole family!

Scavenger hunt novices and pros will be prompted by Family Council Zoom hosts to find items in your home, including tracking where and how fast you can find them. There will be prizes for everyone from places like Twinkle Town, Chunky’s, Friendly Farm, Yankee Lanes and more.

Registration is appreciated. Contact Lurleen at 603-352-1304 ext. 243 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let us know if you are interested so we can send you the Zoom link.

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Legislative Update for February 28, 2021

During the month of February, the House and Senate were in full session and also conducting Zoom committee work and meetings. This past final week of February, the State Senate took a break and didn’t meet. The House chose not to enact rules to allow for a virtual meeting of the 400-member body. Thus, the House members met in a sports dome in Bedford and spent two days voting on about 100 bills, with some contentiousness on multiple issues. This included killing a bill (HB 246) that CSNI supported. HB 246’s goal was to protect “vulnerable adults” including people with disabilities from exploitation.

The adult dental Medicaid bills have had their public hearings, showing widespread support for the new benefit to go live in mid-2022. The issue will have to be funded in the budget to become a reality.

The House full session and Senate break meant there was a small break in the “Zoom Committee work” of the past five weeks, but these are expected to ramp back up in March.

State Budget:

As a reminder, the biennial budget process (New Hampshire prepares a two-year budget) is a long one. It starts with the Governor’s budget, which was presented in mid-February. The House will work on and then present its version of the budget during March and April, followed by the Senate taking a turn on their version of the budget. The final step is when the reworked budget (agreed on by both House and Senate) is returned to the Governor for his signature (or veto), by June 30, 2021.

The House Finance Committee Division III continues to meet with senior DHHS staff to review their portion of the Governor's budget. We are continuing to monitor those meetings, which will continue through March.

The Governor’s budget numbers are fairly straightforward for programs like Family Support, ESS and the In-Home Support waiver for individuals under age 21. They are essentially funded at present levels (FYE June 30, 2021).

The Developmental Disability Waiver is still an area of potential concern, in part because pandemic and workforce issues have made it more difficult to services.

We will keep you posted as things progress, and send out alerts for legislative advocacy as they arise. Your advocacy is critical to this process – make your voice heard in Concord!