After three months of discussion, the House and Senate have put forth a revamped budget and the Governor will sign it into law. This final version upholds most of the Developmental Services budget, and includes a Medicaid rate increase to start in January 2020, with another 3.1% increase in January 2021. Both DD and ABD Waitlists are fully funded. Early Supports & Services will also see a small increase in both budget years.

Op Ed pieces:

Foster's (9/27/2019): "A grateful community extends thanks"

Eagle Times (10/4/2019): "A grateful community extends thanks"

Seacoast Online (9/12/2019): "Workforce challenges felt by families"

A note from CSNI (Community Support Network, Inc.):

A Grateful Community Extends Thanks!

On behalf of its members and the individuals and families they serve, Community Support Network, Inc. would like to extend a sincere thank you to New Hampshire’s policy makers for their work in passing the 2020-2021 biennium budget, and for continuing to fund the Developmental Disability Waitlist over the summer to ensure that individuals would receive the supports they need. These bipartisan efforts from the Senate, House, Fiscal Committee and the Governor’s office, culminated in the state budget being signed into law today.

The state budget provides full funding for the Waitlist and ongoing service budgets, and an additional $250,000 for each year of the biennium for Early Supports and Services. The budget also includes the first Medicaid rate increase in thirteen years for the Developmental Services System, which will aid in helping to address the work force challenges that individuals and families are facing.

The advocacy from individuals with disabilities and their families has been instrumental in this process. The legislature and the governor were able to hear about the importance of funding the waitlist and rate increases, and supported developmental services from the beginning to the end of this process. New Hampshire’s families are grateful for their dedication and understanding!

Click here to read the  9/26/2019 budget memo from CSNI.