RedesignationJan2020MDS, the Region V Area Agency, is hosting Public Forums in Keene and Peterborough in early January 2020 as part of the formal process required every five years by the State of NH and DHHS. The forums are facilitated by the State, and are held for families and individuals who receive services from MDS. We encourage everyone to attend one of these sessions. These forums are for families and individuals only. Please RSVP to Kyna by phone -- 603-352-1304 ext 273 -- or by email -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Peterborough, two sessions will be held on Monday, January 6th at the Peterborough Library, one from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for individuals, another from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for families/guardians. 

In Keene, two sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at MDS, 121 Railroad Street, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for individuals, another from 6:30 to 8 p.m.for families/guardians.

Every five years, each area agency must be redesignated by the State of New Hampshire to continue as an Area Agency. The process of redesignation is a comprehensive evaluation that reviews many aspects of service delivery quality and compliance. The review is required by state regulation: RSA 171-A and He-M 505.

These forums facilitated by the State are held for families and individuals who receive services organized by the Area Agency. Data will be gathered via these forums as well as online surveys, compliance audits and service reviews. All information gathered will be summarized for the Redesignation report.

RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-352-1304 ext 273.

These forums are for families and individuals only, not staff or providers.

The Fall 2019 edition of Clipboard is now available online wth stories on DSP and Home Provider of the Year, Alan Greene's Budget Update, Project SEARCH FAQ. Check out the News & Notes, along with photos. Click here to download the color version (pdf).

Steve Bragdon, Citizen of HonorMonadnock Developmental Services has presented two distinguished service awards to three local leaders – Stephen Bragdon and Suzanne and Larry Butcher – at a special recognition event on November 7 at the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene.

Stephen Bragdon received the Dennis DiTullio Citizen of Honor Award in recognition of his passion and enthusiastic support for people with disabilities and his unselfish service to the community. Steve has been practicing law in the Keene area for more  than 40 years. His commitment to this community has been substantial. He served as Board Member and Chair for the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, the Keene Industrial Development Committee, the Keene Downtown Housing Corporation, and the Keene Family YMCA. He currently serves on the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Keene Downtown Housing Corporation boards.

At MDS, Steve was a Board member for 11 years, serving as its President from 1997 to 2000. Over the years, he has quietly but effectively lent guidance, insight, and wisdom to MDS when the organization refined and expanded its services with a full commitment to quality. His commitment to the organization and the people it serves continues long after his official capacity as a Board member. He has provided support, dedication, and tireless work in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Suzanne Butcher, Family Advocate AwardSuzanne and Larry Butcher of Keene have received the Manfredo Torelli Family Advocacy Award for their commitment and dedication to people with developmental disabilities and their unselfish service to families in our community.

The Butchers’ commitment to community is longstanding. Both Suzanne and Larry served our nation as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State for almost 30 years. They are active members of the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, serving on various committees that further social justice and environmental defense. Larry served as President of the Board of KUUC.

Suzanne served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing Keene from 2004 to 2010, working to create bills to establish the purpose and policy of the state's Developmental Disability services. Larry has testified many times to budget committees about the needs of people with developmental disabilities, at the same time organizing and supporting other parents to help them speak to legislators about their needs.Larry Butcher, Family Advocate Award

Drawing on their own experiences advocating for their son, Galen, and helping him learn to advocate for himself, Suzanne and Larry have spent many years advocating for MDS families, helping them find resources, connections, and quality services. Larry served as Co-Chair of the MDS Family Council and Suzanne as a member of the MDS Board. They have dedicated twenty years here working on behalf of families who have children or siblings of any age who experience developmental and related disabilities.

These committed citizens’ impact on our community is immeasurable, and MDS is honored to showcase their roles in the work of helping people with developmental and related disabilities live, work, and go to school in our communities.

Project SEARCH will be holding information sessions this fall and winter for those who are interested in finding out more about this job training program.

Project SEARCH is a job training program for individuals between the ages of 20-34 years of age who are receiving services from MDS and who want to gain employment skills. The program combines unpaid internships with classroom learning to provide real world job training. Internships are designed to teach marketable skills that will transfer to a variety of employment settings. Classroom learning addresses topics such as nutrition, budgeting, technology, teamwork, problem solving, wellness, and other things that impact employment. The program takes place at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, and runs from September to June.

Want to learn more? Read the Project SEARCH FAQ or attend one of the sessions. Visit the Project SEARCH information page.

 * November 21, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at MDS, 12 Depot Square in Peterborough
 * January 22, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, in the Project SEARCH classroom

To register for a session, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mercy Eckhout at 603-352-1304.